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.
Purple colors show somewhat thinner LSW spreading northeast into the Irminger Basin east of Greenland, eastward via the North Atlantic Current into the Iceland Basin, and southwestward along the western boundary into the subtropical basin.
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.
Dr Barbara Maher of the University of Lancaster mapped magnetic sediments on the ocean floor to test a model developed by Dr Grant Bigg of the University of East Anglia that shows that North Atlantic currents can switch between two main states.
This means that warm North Atlantic currents flowed up into the Norwegian Sea in the past and that these incursions were strongest near the coast -- similar to modern-day current patterns, says Krissek.

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