• Large ocean currents can have a big impact on climate, especially of nearby coasts.
  • The Gulf Stream carries warm water from near the Equator up the eastern coast of North America.
  • The California Current brings cool water south along the western United States.
  • Cool water contacting warmer water creates fog.
  • This creates a favorable habitat for the giant redwoods of the northern California coast.
  • Cooler currents that move from the polar regions to the equator also alter climate.
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