Highways in the seas

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argo float

float that transmits data to satellites

downwellings

downward vertical currents that push surface water deep

drogue

float that determines the drift of currents

eddies

friction against water's surface that cause swirling currents

el nino southern oscillation

combined oceanic atmospheric disturbance

eulerian method

obtaining an approxamite solution of an ordinary differential equation

flotsam method

accidental opportunities to study currents; ships losing cargo that washes up on beaches and can improve computer models of currents

gyre

combo of the westerlies pushing water eastward the trade winds pushing it westward and the coriolis effect into a circle

la nina

powerful upwellings bring deep cooler waters to the surface

upwellings

upward vertical current that brings deep water to the surface

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