15 - gulfstream is a barrier between cool coastal waters...

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9/15 coriolis effect--->ekman transport, (ekman spiral) ocean surface has dynamic topography because of coriolis effect, cauing matter to spin toward itself and pile up. geostropic flow- dynamic topography causes creates hills, water flows down the hills and to the right. contours of the hill are offset to the right. west side of gyers is steep and narrow and fast. east side is broader and slower.
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Unformatted text preview: gulfstream is a barrier between cool coastal waters and the open ocean. gluf stream- western boundry current. warm, saline, 1oo+ km wide, 1 km deep, speeds of 2 knots meanders and develops eddies as it flows carries warmth to north atlantic and europe....
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2010 for the course GEOL 107Lxg at USC.

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