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15_surface circulation - The Coriolis effect apparently A B...

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The Coriolis effect apparently A. deflects to the right in the northern hemisphere. B. deflects to the left in the southern hemisphere. C. has its greatest effects at the equator. D. Both a and b are correct. E. a, b, and c are correct.
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Surface Ocean Circulation High heat capacity of water and the latent heat of vaporization allow the atmosphere and surface ocean to transport heat away from the equator toward the poles. Heating and high water vapor content of the lower atmosphere start atmospheric convection . Atmospheric convection is modified by the Coriolis Effect producing Trade Winds and Westerly Winds . Winds drive surface ocean circulation (todays lecture).
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1. What direction do water molecules at the very surface of the ocean move in the Northern Hemisphere after they are pushed by the wind? A. 90° to the right B. 90° to the left C. 45° to the right D. 45° to the left
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2. What is the total movement of all the water molecules in the upper ~100m, relative to the direction of the wind?
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  • Fall '10
  • IngridHendy
  • Ocean current, Physical oceanography, Boundary current, Ekman transport

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