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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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What is the relationship between ocean currents and global surface wind systems? How does the gyre in the Northern Hemisphere differ from the one in the Southern Hemisphere?

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The relationship between the ocean currents and global surface wind systems and the way in which the gyre in the Northern Hemisphere differs from the one in the Southern hemisphere.

Explanation

The gases in the atmosphere and water in the ocean are behaved in many ways that are similar but the main difference is their densities. The density of water is 800 times greater than the air because the molecules in the water are more closely packed.

The motion of air in the atmosphere strongly affects the movements in the oceans and oceans also influence the atmosphere in many ways. Some of these interactions make effects on local areas, some regional, and some having a global impact.

The best-known relationship is the winds that generate waves and help to drive the major ocean currents. Due to the difference in the density of water and air, the faster atmospheric movements are reflected in the oceans as slow movements...

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