Ocean Currents

Posted by on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ocean currents are a continuous movement of seawater generated by forces acting upon this mean flow, such as breaking waves, wind, the Coriolis effect, cabbeling, temperature and salinity differences, while tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon. 

Depth contours, shoreline configurations, and interactions with other currents influence a current's direction and strength.
Ocean currents flow for great distances, and together, create the global conveyor belt which plays a dominant role in determining the climate of many of the Earth’s regions.

More specifically, ocean currents influence the temperature of the regions through which they travel.



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