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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">One of the western [[boundary currents]] of the North Atlantic subtropical [[gyre]].</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">A deep, narrow, and swift current, it originates from the [[Loop Current]] of the Gulf of Mexico.  It enters the Atlantic Ocean through the Florida Straits with a [[transport]] of 30 Sv (30 &times; 10<sup>6</sup> m<sup>3</sup>  s<sup>-1</sup>) and speeds of 1.8 m s<sup>-1</sup> and follows the coast northward for 1200 km to Cape Hatteras (35&#x000b0;N).  Input from the [[Antilles Current]] and [[entrainment]] from the [[Gulf Stream]] recirculation in the  [[Sargasso Sea]] increase its transport to 70&ndash;100 Sv (70&ndash;100 &times; 10<sup>6</sup> m<sup>3</sup> s<sup>-1</sup>) before it leaves the coast  at Cape Hatteras to continue as the Gulf Stream.</div><br/> </div>
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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">One of the western [[boundary currents]] of the North Atlantic subtropical [[gyres|gyre]].</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">A deep, narrow, and swift current, it originates from the [[Loop Current]] of the Gulf of Mexico.  It enters the Atlantic Ocean through the Florida Straits with a [[transport]] of 30 Sv (30 &times; 10<sup>6</sup> m<sup>3</sup>  s<sup>-1</sup>) and speeds of 1.8 m s<sup>-1</sup> and follows the coast northward for 1200 km to Cape Hatteras (35&#x000b0;N).  Input from the [[Antilles Current]] and [[entrainment]] from the [[Gulf Stream]] recirculation in the  [[Sargasso Sea]] increase its transport to 70&ndash;100 Sv (70&ndash;100 &times; 10<sup>6</sup> m<sup>3</sup> s<sup>-1</sup>) before it leaves the coast  at Cape Hatteras to continue as the Gulf Stream.</div><br/> </div>
 
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Latest revision as of 15:59, 25 April 2012



Florida Current

One of the western boundary currents of the North Atlantic subtropical gyre.

A deep, narrow, and swift current, it originates from the Loop Current of the Gulf of Mexico. It enters the Atlantic Ocean through the Florida Straits with a transport of 30 Sv (30 × 106 m3 s-1) and speeds of 1.8 m s-1 and follows the coast northward for 1200 km to Cape Hatteras (35°N). Input from the Antilles Current and entrainment from the Gulf Stream recirculation in the Sargasso Sea increase its transport to 70–100 Sv (70–100 × 106 m3 s-1) before it leaves the coast at Cape Hatteras to continue as the Gulf Stream.


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