Labrador Current


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Labrador Current

[′lab·rə‚dȯr ‚kə·rənt]
(oceanography)
A current that flows southward from Baffin Bay, through the Davis Strait, and southwestward along the Labrador and Newfoundland coasts.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Labrador Current

 

a cold current in the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of North America. It flows from Baffin Bay to the Grand Banks, where it meets the warm Gulf Stream and sinks to intermediate depths. The Labrador Current moves at a speed of 1–2 km/hr. The water temperature in the winter is below – 1°C and only in the south does it rise to 5°C; in the summer the temperature is 2°C in the north and 10°C in the south. The salinity is 30.0–32.0 parts per thousand. The current carries sea ice and icebergs.

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