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  1. isopycnic(Noun)

    A line on a chart connecting points of equal density

  2. isopycnic(Adjective)

    (of points on a surface, or in a medium) having equal densities

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  1. Isopycnic(adj)

    having equal density, as different regions of a medium; passing through points at which the density is equal; as, an isopycnic line or surface

  2. Isopycnic(noun)

    a line or surface passing through those points in a medium, at which the density is the same

  3. Origin: [Iso- + Gr. pykno`s dense.]


  1. Isopycnic

    Isopycnic means "of the same density." In particular, an isopycnic surface is a surface of constant density. This term is a bit more obscure than the similar terms isobaric or isothermal surfaces, which describe surfaces of constant pressure and constant temperature respectively. It is common in conversational use to hear isopycnic surfaces referred to simply as "iso-density" surfaces, which while strictly incorrect, is nonetheless abundantly more clear. The term "isopycnic" is commonly encountered in the fluid dynamics of compressible fluids, such as in meteorology and geophysical fluid dynamics, astrophysics, or the fluid dynamics of explosions or high Mach number flows. It may also be applied to other situations where a continuous medium has smoothly-varying density, such as in the case of an inhomogeneous colloidal suspension. Isopycnic surfaces occur in geology, especially in connection with cratons which are very old geologic formations at the core of the continents, little affected by tectonic events. These formations are often known as shields or platforms. These formations are, relative to other lithospheric formations, cooler and less dense but much more isopycnic. Compare also with isochoric. Note that one may discuss isobaric surfaces or isobaric processes; likewise one may discuss isothermal surfaces or isothermal processes. However, the use of "isopycnic" is typically reserved for surfaces and not processes. In particular, unless there is a flux of mass into or out of a control volume, a process which occurs at a constant density also occurs at a constant volume and is called an isochoric process and not an isopycnic process.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of isopycnic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of isopycnic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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