Benguela Current


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Benguela Current

[ben′gwel·ə¦kər·ənt]
(oceanography)
A strong current flowing northward along the southwestern coast of Africa.

Benguela Current

 

a cold current along the western shores of Africa; a northern branch of the West Wind Drift. Its speed measures 1–2 km/hr. The surface water temperature in summer ranges from 19° C in the south to 26° C in the north; in winter it is 15°-22°C, respectively. Directly offshore, under the influence of rising waters from the depths, the temperature falls below 15° C in the summer and below 12° C in winter.

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The Benguela Current, off our west coast, supports large quantities of fish, while the Agulhas Current, off our east coast, has a smaller quantity of fish, but a greater diversity of species.
The last-mentioned two regions are affected by the warmer Agulhas current, while the first one is kept cool through action of the cold Benguela current (Allanson & Baird 2008).
South Africa: The government has signed and adopted the new Benguela Current Commission with Angola and Namibia, to work together in marine conservation.
Clark met officials of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism on Thursday and traveled to the Erongo Region for a meeting with the Benguela Current Commission (BCC) in Swakopmund.
The mystical Skeleton Coast, influenced by the Benguela current, is rich in stories of shipwrecks and adventure and is home to dolphins, seals, and more than 50,000 species of birds, including the South African flamingos that spend their winters there.
Here, the cool ocean breezes generated by the cold Benguela current running up from Antarctica collides with a wall of barren desert sand that stretches for hundreds of miles, stifling rainfall, but creating a brief and dense morning fog.
The worst situation I ever got into was in the Benguela Current, where the Indian Ocean converges with the Atlantic off Capetown, South Africa.
Variability of plankton with reference to fish variability in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem.
This high level of primary production forms the base of the food web, which is remarkably similar in all four of the main EBCSs (Humboldt Current, Canary Current, Benguela Current, and California Current).
32 In which ocean does the major Benguela Current flow?
The Benguela Current LME (BCLME) is a large coastal upwelling off the shores of South Africa, Namibia and Angola.