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Ocean Circulation

TermDefinition
density a measure of the space between the particles of a substance
surface current ocean currents caused by wind
salinity the amount of salt dissolved in water
upwelling movement of deep ocean currents to the surface carrying nutrients
Coriolis Effect the apparent deflection of wind, currents or objects at Earth's surface due to Earth's rotation
downwelling movement of surface currents to the deep ocean carrying oxygen-rich water
deep ocean current ocean currents cause by density changes
gyres large circular currents that flow in the oceans
land breeze During the night, warm air over the ocean rises and is replaced by cooler air from over the land
sea breeze During the day, warm air over land rises and is replaced by cooler air from over the sea
current stream of water flowing in the oceans
Global Conveyor Belt a combination of surface and deep ocean currents that loop through the oceans transferring heat, salt and nutrients
Created by: mlnicolas