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Science Quiz Ocean Motions on 1-16-09

tides the daily rise and fall of earths water shores.
spring tides a tide with the greatest difference between high and low tide that occurs when the sun and the moon are aligned in a line with earth
neap tide a tide with the least difference between low and high tide that occurs when the sun and moon pull at right angles to each other
salinity the total amount of dissolved salts in a water sample
submersible an underwater vehicle built of strong materials to resist pressure at depth
current a large stream of moving water that flows through the ocean
coriolis effect the effect of earths rotation on the direction of winds and currents
climate the pattern of temperature and precipitation typical of an area over along period of time
upwelling an upward flow of cold water from the ocean depths
el nino an abnormal climate event that occurs every 2-7 years in the pacific ocean, causing changes in winds. currents, and weather patterns.
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