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13, 63-70 (1999). K. C. Deb, J. S. Gera, G. Singh, L. Bishnoi, B. P. Lal and Kh. Gajananda: Shipborne acoustic sounder observations of thermal convection over east Antarctic ocean, Proc. ISARS, Cambridge UK 31 (2004). , Kh. Gajananda, V. Parkash, N. Kishore, J. A. , J. Ecophysiol. and Occupat. , 7, 119-123 (2007). D. D. J. Oltmans, W. Neff, G. Huey, D. Tanner, G. Chen, J. Crawford, R. Arimoto, M. Buhr, L. Mauldin, M. Hutterli, J. Dibb, D. B. Brooks, B. M. Roberts, Y. Wang, D. Tan and F. Flocke: Antarctic tropospheric chemistry investigation (ANTCI) 2003 overview, Atmospheric Environment.

Dutta, Pawan K. C. Deb et al. 6. UNUSUAL PLANETARY BOUNDARY LAYER PHENOMENA Apart from the mixed types of structures, there have been two extremely important and unusual incidences over the east Antarctic region. 1. Prolonged Persistence of Thermal Convection Figures 11 a-b show that there was a special case of thermal convection on February 2-3, 2002, wherein convection persisted continuously for almost 2 days, although there were timings when the winds were high. Figure 11 a. An extremely important and unusual event of continuous thermal convection over the east Antarctic ocean is a subject of great scientific value and needs in-depth investigations.

In support of the thermal convection, it is important to note that the synoptic pictures show that there was certainly warming over the investigation area (Figure 12). Figure 12. Rising layer is a common phenomenon over the land and is well understood. But, over ocean and that too in Antarctica, where the ocean is the most turbulent and winds are strong, this is something unique and needs in-depth investigation. 2. The Rising Layer Another important and unique event is the rising layer observed on January 23, 2002 (Figure 13).

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