Agulhas Current


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Agulhas Current

[ə′gəl·əs ′kər·ənt]
(oceanography)
A fast current flowing in a southwestward direction along the southeastern coast of Africa.

Agulhas Current

 

a warm current in the Indian Ocean, off the southeast shores of Africa. The current is formed at the confluence of the Mozambique and Madagascar currents; it runs to the south. Velocity of the Agulhas Current is 2.7–3.7 km/hr. At approximatly 38° S lat. it meets the cold current known as the West Wind Drift and disappears into the depths. The temperature of the water in February is from 27°C in the north to 20°C in the south, and in August, from 22°C in the north to 16°C in the south. Salinity is 35.5 parts per thousand.

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But in a finding with potentially important climatic implications, a new study published in Nature has uncovered much different dynamics in one of the strongest currents in the world, the Indian Ocean's Agulhas Current off the east coast of South Africa.
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