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Question of the Day

Question: If you heat up a liquid, like


water in a fish tank, can it hold more
oxygen or less? How do you know?
Answer:
Turn In:
- Solubility
Worksheet
-p. 198 CYU 2,
3, 4, 5
-Lab: Solubility

Ocean Currents

Two Types of Currents

Density Driven (deep water) Currents


Wind Driven (surface) Currents

Density Driven Currents

Move water vertically through the ocean


Density differences cause deep water
currents

Dense water sinks at the poles


Less dense water rises
at the equator

This process creates


circulation throughout
the oceans of the world

ArticOcean

AtlanticOcean
PacificOcean

IndianOcean

Surface Currents

Winds are primary energy source for


surface currents.

Winds blow across the ocean surface


friction between the wind and the ocean
surface drags the water along

Which way does the water


flow?

Rotation of the earth changes path of


air and water (Coriolis Effect)
Water flows to the right (clockwise) in
Northern Hemisphere

Northern Pacific Surface


Currents

Kuroshio
Current

California
Current

NorthEquatorialCurrent

SouthEquatorialCurrent
EastAustralian
Current

Equator

The EAC is Real

Global Surface Currents

Surface Currents in the US


The
California
Currentis
coldand
comes
from
Alaska

San
Francisco

Washington,
DC

TheGulf
Streamis
warmand
comes
fromthe
equator/
Gulfof
Mexico

What is a gyre?

A roughly circular pattern of ocean


surface currents
Caused by the Coriolis Effect

North Pacific Gyre

Equator

Why are gyres/ currents


important?

Warm currents move heat from the


equator to middle and high latitudes
Gyres influence air temperature,
weather and climate of every
continent