An ocean current is a continuous, directed movement of seawater generated by
forces acting upon this mean flow, such as breaking waves, wind, the Coriolis
effect, cabbeling, temperature and salinity...
Surface ocean currents are caused by winds. Wind currents run in certain
directions because the earth rotates. Winds go to the right in the northern
Jan 26, 2011 ... The water of the ocean surface moves in a regular pattern called surface ocean
currents. the currents are named. In this map, warm currents ...
knowledge of ocean currents can be used in cruise planning ... changes in speed
or direction due to seasonal winds. The ... and surface wind-current direction
varies from about 15° ... form the Cape Horn, Falkland, and most of the Benguela.
Ocean currents are organized flows that persist over some geographical ... blow
over most of the U.S., forces a net movement of water to the south, due to Ekman
The strongest and most renown surface ocean currents are the Gulf Stream, that
... over the oceans, they experience friction due to the ocean surface roughness.
This makes them one of the most important driving forces of climate. ... The
surface water in the North Atlantic region sinks to a depth of around 2000 metres
due to ... As the cold and salty surface water sinks by convection, salty water
flows in ...
Ocean current, stream made up of horizontal and vertical components of the ... At
the surface, aspects of wind-driven circulation cause the gyres (large ... Besides
gravity, the most important forces that cause and affect ocean currents are
horizontal ... Horizontal differences in density (due to variations of temperature
Deep Water Currents--Thermohaline Circulation ... A wind blowing for 10 hours
across the ocean will cause the surface waters to flow at about 2% ... This is
caused by the effect of the rotating Earth which tends to move the "hill" of water to
The surface ocean currents have a strong effect on Earth's climate. ... Along the
west coast of the U.S., the California Current carries cold water from the polar
region ... Sea surface is higher when the water is warmer due to thermal