Brazil Current


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Brazil Current

[brə′zil ‚kər·ənt]
(oceanography)
The warm ocean current that flows southward along the Brazilian coast below Natal; the western boundary current in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Brazil Current

 

a warm current in the Atlantic Ocean along the shores of South America; a branch of the southern trade wind current. It flows southeast from Cape Sāo Roque along the shores of Brazil to about 40° S lat., where it meets the cold waters of the Falkland Current and the westerlies. Its velocity is 1–2 km/hr; temperature, from 18° to 26° C; and salinity, 35.0–37.25‰ and higher.

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It is nonsensical to compare Cardiff and Wales with warm Montevideo, at the confluence of the warm Brazil current and the cold Malvinas current.
Apr -- July: Blooms continue to develop into a Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt (extends northwestward by the North Brazil Current and North Equatorial Current, and eastward to the West Africa coast by the North Equatorial Counter Current)
The coast of Brazil is influenced by different marine currents, such as the Central South Equatorial Current (CSEC) that splits into the North Brazil Current (NBC) and the South Brazil Current (SBC) (Fig.
One of the most important oceanographic features of the SBB is the Brazil Current (BC).
The east Brazil shelf is more diverse and productive towards the south due to a gradual increase in run-off and enlargement of the shelf at the Abrolhos bank, which forms a topographic barrier to the southwest flowing Brazil Current (BC).
Although local spawning was also observed occuring off Brazil throughout the year, winter spawning was potentially linked to recruitment off the northern Patagonian shelf through paralarval transport by the Falkland (Malvinas)-- Brazil Current system (Haimovici et al., 1995).
Just don't get lost in the Brazil Current along the way.
Abstract--The Abrolhos Bank region off the eastern coast of Brazil, under the influence of the Brazil Current, constitutes a typical tropical coral reef ecosystem that is characterized by a high diversity of tropical fish.
Major currents like the Gulf Stream, and eddies like the North Brazil Current retroflection eddies (see Richardson's article), may penetrate the deep water and mix or disrupt the deep-current flow.
A delta on the seaward side of Marajo has not formed because the North Brazil Current sweeps nearly one and a third million tons of river sediment a day swiftly along the continent's northern coast.
The northern region is highly influenced by the North Brazil Current which carries the waters of the outer continental shelf and slope to the northwest (MMA, 2006).
In the equatorial region of the Atlantic, the North Brazil Current follows the Brazilian coast northwestward before turning sharply to the right between 5 [degrees] N and 10 [degrees] N to cross the Atlantic as the North Equatorial Countercurrent.