chapter  11
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OCEANS

The remaining stage of the hydrologic cycle (Section 6.1) consists of the circulation of water in the oceans. This has considerable impact on onshore climates (Note 11.A); the oceans affect the atmosphere’s temperature (Note 3.G), moisture content (Note 4.D), stability (Section 7.6), rainfall (Section 10.4) and winds (Chapter 14). These effects are felt especially at the coast, and thus are important, for instance, to the 80 per cent of Australia’s population who live within 30 km of the sea.