This research has been undertaken in the framework of the Mediterranean Targeted Project (MTP)—MERMAIDS II Project, and finished during the Mediterranean Targeted Project phase II—MATER. We acknowledge the support of the European Commission’s Marine Science and Technology Programme (MAST II and III), Contracts MAS2-CT93-0055 and MAS3-CT96-0051. We thank Prof. A. Lascaratos for interesting comments on the deep-water production rates. We thank also Dr. J. Baretta, Dr. P. Radford, Dr. M. Zavatarelli, and Prof. G. Mellor for helpful comments on the manuscript. Thanks are also due to Mr. P. Carini for his assistance in figure drawing.
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