Gulf Stream

What is Gulf Stream?

Gulf Stream meaning the warm ocean current of the North Atlantic. It originates in the westward equatorial current and is deflected northward by the coast of South America into the Gulf of Mexico and then follows the coast of North America to Nantucket, where it is deflected eastward toward northern Europe

Image of Gulf Stream SST
Sea surface temperature image of the Gulf Stream, derived from infrared measurements of the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), May 8, 2000. (Image produced from 11- and 12-micron bands by Bob Evans, Peter Minnett, and co-workers, University of Miami)

 

reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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