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Maelstrom,

whirlpool, Norway: see MoskenstraumenMoskenstraumen
or Maelstrom
, tidewater whirlpool in the Lofoten Islands, NW Norway. Formed when tidal currents flow through coastal fjords and a maze of small islands, it is c.2.5 mi (4 km) wide and may at its center reach a speed of 10 ft (3 m) per second.
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maelstrom

[′māl·strəm]
(oceanography)
A powerful and often destructive water current caused by the combined effects of high, wind-generated waves and a strong, opposing tidal current.

maelstrom

a large powerful whirlpool

Maelstrom

a strong tidal current in a restricted channel in the Lofoten Islands off the NW coast of Norway
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