Question - Is water warmer the deeper you go?

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Cold water has a higher density than warm water. Water gets colder with depth because cold, salty ocean water sinks to the bottom of the ocean basins below the less dense warmer water near the surface. However, the ocean is not standing still. The heat gradient in the oceans decreases with depth because cold water is denser and so it flows downward beneath warmer water. The center of the Earth heats the Earth so when you go deeper it gets hoter. The ocean is on the serface of the Earth and is heated by the sun so the further down you go the colder it get. When the upper water layers warm in the summer months, they become separated from deep water by a transition zone known as a thermocline. In a thermocline, the temperature decreases rapidly with small increases in depth. This phenomenon linking temperature change with depth is called temperature stratification. But, in winter some lake surfaces can get very cold. When this happens, the surface water becomes more dense than the deeper water with a more constant year-round temperature (which is now warmer than the surface), and the lake "turns", when the colder surface water sinks to the lake bottom. Well, water is mostly regarded as incompressible, which means density doesn't change. Water is a little compressible in reality. Pressure does increase the deeper you go, but the water down there should have more or less the same density. At higher pressures the material becomes more dense and the object sinks faster.

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