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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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From the ocean offshore of what continent does an El Niño originate?

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The continent from which an El Nino originates.

Explanation

The cold Humboldt Current flows toward the equator along the coasts of Ecuador, Chile, and Peru. When these currents reach the equator, nutrient-rich cold water will flow along the coasts as a result of upwelling. During the months of November and December, a warm flow of tropical water from the eastern side called a counter current replaces the normal cold coastal waters...

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