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Ocean Currents

A basic over view of ocean currents.

Martin Brown

on 9 September 2010

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Transcript of Ocean Currents

Martin Brown,
Brandon Pratt,
Katie Sims Currents are steady, smooth movements of water following a specific course; they proceed either in a cyclical pattern or as a continuous stream.
In the Northern Hemisphere, currents generally move in a clockwise direction, while in the Southern Hemisphere they move counterclockwise.
What is a current? West Wind Drift Or (Antarctic Circumpolar Current)
East Wind Drift
The North and South Equatorial currents
The Peru Current
The Kuroshio Current
The Gulf Stream.
The Six Major Types of Currents The Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) is the most important current in the Southern Ocean, and the only current that flows completely around the globe. The ACC, as it encircles the Antarctic continent, flows eastward through the southern portions of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.
The west wind drift or(the Antarctic Circumpolar Current The East Wind Drift The east wind drift current is also known as the Antarctic Coastal Current .
It is the southern most current in the world .
This current is the counter current of the largest ocean current in the world, Antarctic Circumpolar Current.
The Peru current Flows north from the Atlantic current along the west coast of South America.(from the southern tip of the Chile to northern Peru).
Eastern boundary current that flows along the equator.
The North Atlantic Equatorial Current The NEC is the broad westward flow that is the southern component of the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. It is fed by the Canary Current and its waters eventually end up in the Gulf Stream system, either via the Antilles current or through the Caribbean via the Guiana current.
South Atlantic Equatorial Current The SEC is a broad westward flow that is the primary basin-scale surface ciculation in the equatorial Atlantic.
The South Equatorial Current can be divided into three branches: The Southern South Equatorial Current (SSEC), the Central South Equatorial Current (CSEC), and the Northern South Equatorial Current (NSEC).
The Kuroshio Current The Kuroshio Current extends from the Philippines to the Japanese archipelago.
Kuroshio is a warm current flowing in north easterly direction along japans east coast. The Gulf Stream Begins in the Caribbean and ends in the North Atlantic.
It Plays an important role in the pole ward movement of the heat and salt.
work Cited! http://www.onr.navy.mil/focus/ocean/motion/currents1.htm
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