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6.24: Surface Ocean Currents

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Coriolis effect

Coriolis effect

Apparent deflection of a freely moving object like water or air because of Earth's rotation.
gyre

gyre

Five seawater loops created by surface ocean currents.
longshore current

longshore current

Local surface currents that move along a shoreline in the direction of prevailing winds.
rip current

rip current

Strong surface current that returns to the ocean from the shore.
surface current

surface current

Horizontal movement of ocean water, caused by surface winds.

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\n The study of Earth Science is the study of Planet Earth. Middle School Earth Science Concepts presents Earth Science as a set of concepts, with each concept centered around a specific category, such as the Earth's crust or plate tectonics. Each concept is comprised of a series of lessons, with each lesson focusing on one specific topic.\n

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