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Surface Currents

ocean currents on the top of the water that are driven by wind

Deep current

a streamlike movement of ocean water far below the surface

The Coriolis Effect

The moving of objects from a straight line due to Earth's rotation

The Gulf Stream Current

An ocean current that pushes warm water on the east side of the US

Ocean Current

the steady flow of ocean water in a certain direction

Continental Deflection

currents changing direction when they meet a continent


Ocean Currents in the South move:


Ocean currents in the North move:

Wind, gravity, and the Coriolis Effect

What causes the surface currents?

Deep currents

What has more salinity? Deep currents or surface currents?

In the poles

Where do cold water currents begin?

At the equator

Where do warm water currents begin?


The amount of matter ina given space, or volume


A process where water is removed but salt is left behind

Deep Circulation and surface circulation

What are the two current systems?


large circular surface patterns


What direction is Coriolis Deflection in the Northern Hemisphere?


What direction is Coriolis Deflection in the Southern Hemisphere?


Cold, nutrient rich water comes up to the surface and replaces warm water

El Nino

Wind moves less warm water to the Western Pacific than usual and surface temperature rises

La Nina

Sometimes follow El Nino and makes surface water unusually cool

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