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Ocean Currents

Name: ___________________________________
Date: _______________________
Block: ______________
Currents in the ocean and the global winds move in a circular pattern due to uneven heating from the poles and equator. This is called:
Current: carries cool water away from the poles toward warmer areas
Cause currents change their direction as they come in contact with continents
Current: located at or near the surface and influences climate of coastal areas
Transported by currents from the Earth's equator to the poles
Differences in _________ and salinity cause the movement of deep water currents
The distance North or South of the Equator
Current: carries warm water away from the equator toward cool areas
Controls the direction that surface currents flow
Current: brings down cool water from the North and keeps the climate cooler on the West Coast than the inland climate
Measure of how much dissolved salt is in the ocean. determines the density of the water
Influenced by the Earth's rotation and causes ocean currents to move in a curved rather than straight path
Long-term weather conditions in an area. Influence by ocean currents.
Current: carries warm water from the equator toward the poles near Greenland, creating a mild climate there
A stream-like movement of water that transports heat throughout the ocean
The driving force of the ocean current's convection pattern.
Current: located far below the surface that circulates warm and cold water around the world