Equatorial Countercurrent

Equatorial Countercurrent

[‚e·kwə′tȯr·ē·əl ′kau̇nt·ər‚kər·ənt]
(oceanography)
An ocean current flowing eastward (counter to and between the westward-flowing North Equatorial Current and South Equatorial Current) through all the oceans.
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We have no idea the direction his disease will take: Labrador Current or North Atlantic Drift or Equatorial Countercurrent.
The first cruise (DEM I) was from May to June 1995 when the California Current and the North Equatorial Countercurrent converge in front of Jalisco and Colima; the second in November 1995 (DEM II) under the strong influence of the North Equatorial Countercurrent, a tropical water mass; and the third in March 1996 (DEM III) during the effect of the California Current, a cold water mass.
These southward flowing waters are then swept eastward by the North Equatorial Countercurrent, finally penetrating to the equator in the central and eastern Pacific.
Off the equator, subsurface propagation of anomaly patterns initiates an SST anomaly in the North Equatorial Countercurrent regions of the western Pacific, which then intensifies and moves into the equatorial waveguide, consistent with the mean water pathways found above.
The diatoms creating the streak in the Pacific congregate and thrive at the convergence of the North Equatorial Countercurrent and the cooler, denser water of the South Equatorial Current sinking below it, the scientists assert.
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.