Gulf stream rings

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Gulf Stream rings

Eddies formed by pinching off of meanders in the Gulf Stream.

Eddies forming to the north (coastward side) of the Gulf Stream are called warm-core rings (anticyclonic) because they encapsulate relatively warm Sargasso Sea water in the pinching off process, and those forming to the south (oceanward side) are called cold-core rings because they encapsulate relatively cold Slope Water in their centers.

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