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ABSTRACT: A distinct oceanic front coinciding with the jet of incoming North Atlantic water, and an associated anticyclonic gyre in the western half of the basin, were observed during a ship and aircraft survey of the physical characteristics of the Alboran Sea in the western Mediterranean in October 1977. The front was confined to the upper 200 m and was a continuous feature, extending from the Strait of Gibraltar 500 km eastward to the prime meridian. It is noted that in ten days between two surveys, the center of the gyre shifted 50 km westward. This variability of the anticyclonic gyre may correspond to changes of North Atlantic inflow strength, as inferred by local wind and the average atmospheric pressure over the western Mediterranean.