North Cape Current

North Cape Current

[′nȯrth ′kāp ‚kə·rənt]
(oceanography)
A warm current flowing northeastward and eastward around northern Norway, and curving into the Barents Sea.

North Cape Current

 

a warm current along the northern coast of the Scandinavian and Kola peninsulas, a branch of the Norwegian Current. The average annual temperature of the water along the current’s axis ranges from 4° to 8°C. The current’s velocity is 1.0–2.5 cm per sec, and its salinity is 34–35 parts per thousand. The current prevents the southwestern part of the Barents Sea from freezing.

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