North Atlantic Current


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North Atlantic Current

[′nȯrth at′lan·tik ′kə·rənt]
(oceanography)
A wide, slow-moving continuation of the Gulf Stream originating in the region east of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
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On a website devoted to answering questions about The Day's 'realism', NASA comments that, yes, a collapse of northern ice sheets could have precipitated the last major glacial period called the Younger Dryas 10 000 years ago, by putting a lot of fresh water into the North Atlantic, possibly causing the North Atlantic current to slow down and reducing the amount of heat transported toward the Pole.
Recirculations associated with the Deep Western Boundary Current, the Gulf Stream, and the North Atlantic Current (an extension of the Gulf Stream) mix the LSW and Mediterranean waters, creating the intermediate thicknesses (blue colors) and temperatures (green colors) between the two sources.
Every year North Atlantic currents cause a vast amount of litter to be washed up on Pembrokeshire beaches.
In the July 2 Nature, Swingedouw and colleagues report that solar variations don't change circulation of North Atlantic currents.
If this continues, it could, in theory, disrupt the circulation of North Atlantic currents and cause them to slow or eventually shut down.

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