West Greenland Current


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West Greenland Current

[′west ¦grēn·lənd ′kə·rənt]
(oceanography)
The current flowing northward along the west coast of Greenland into the Davis Strait; part of this current joins the Labrador Current, while the other part continues into Baffin Bay.

West Greenland Current

 

a warm current of the Labrador and Baffin seas and the Davis Straight, flowing from south to north along the southwestern and western coasts of Greenland. It is a continuation of the Irminger Current, one of the branches of the warm North Atlantic Current. Average temperature ranges from 0° to 2°C. Salinity equals 33.0-33.5 parts per thousand. Its speed is 0.9-1.9 km/hr:

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As the winter season progresses, the West Greenland Current tends to carry icebergs around the tip of Greenland up along the coast.

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