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Unformatted text preview: Gyre large water-circulation system controlled by a balance between pressure-gradient force & Coriolis Effect. Thermohaline Circulation Vent of water driven by water of different densities (cold and salty = mostly dense)-Driven mostly by North Atlantic o Ice forms & salty brine is left behind Denser water o This dense water sinks and draws water down quickly o Heats towards equator, and drives back towards arctic has a slower effect than near the arctic Current take homes Surface Currents- Created mostly by wind, Coriolis Effect, &Gravity- Mostly in circular patterns- Big & Fast- Transports nutrients and organisms Deepwater Currents- Created by differences in densities of water (thermohaline circ)- Moves slowly, so does not transport most organisms- Transports massive amounts of heat throughout worlds oceans...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course OCEAN 250 taught by Professor Dr.clairehorner-devine during the Fall '08 term at University of Washington.
- Fall '08