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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