Antarctic Circumpolar Current


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Antarctic Circumpolar Current

[‚ant′ärd·ik ‚sər·kəm′pōl·ər ′kər·ənt]
(oceanography)
The ocean current flowing from west to east through all the oceans around the Antarctic Continent. Also known as West Wind Drift.
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The paper, titled "Impact of Antarctic Circumpolar Current development on late Paleogene ocean structure," is published in the May 27, 2011, issue of Science.
At the edge of the shelf, some of the water mixes with a well-known ocean movement, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, which sweeps around the abyss off Antarctica.
Altogether, CAML revealed that Antarctica is a single bioregion united by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.
A penguin could complete the journey from New Zealand to the Falkland Islands by exploiting the Antarctic Circumpolar Current with its ample prey resources and without experiencing water temperatures in excess of 10-15[degrees]C (Duxbury and Duxbury 1994, Christoph et al.
He says that the main change over the years is that the cruises come in clumps, for example none in 1993 and a scheduled 90 days in 1994 for crossings of the South Pacific and of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.
Eventually, the iceberg will move further north; it will be picked up by wind and ocean currents - and the primary ocean current there is the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.

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