By Robert Dinwiddie
Because the web site the place lifestyles first shaped on the earth, a key portion of the weather, and a continuous yet fragile source, oceans are of important value to our planet. From the geological and actual methods that have an effect on the sea ground to the most important habitat zones, plants, and fauna, this is often the definitive connection with the world's oceans for the total family members. contains an creation through Fabien Cousteau. comprises the newest advancements in ocean exploration and images. Catalogs the wealthy variety of ocean beneficial properties and marine lifestyles. Highlights vital humans, exact habitats, human impression experiences, and severe evidence. released in organization with the yank Museum of ordinary heritage.
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In polar regions, winds deﬂect to the west as they move away from the poles. These are known as polar northeasterlies and southeasterlies. KEY prevailing warm southeasterly trade winds westerlies southeasterly trade winds southeasterlies southeasterly trade winds westerlies southwesterly monsoon (Apr–Oct) prevailing cool local warm local cool PATTERN OF WINDS Year-round, the winds over most oceans are trades or westerlies. An exception is the northern Indian Ocean— this has a monsoon climate, in which a seasonal switch in wind direction occurs.
However, the water does not move in the same direction as the wind. Instead, it moves off at an angle—to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere. This phenomenon was ﬁrst explained in 1902 by a Swedish scientist, Walfrid Ekman, using a model of the effect of wind on water now called the Ekman spiral. 54). The model predicts that, overall, a mass of water will be pushed at right angles to the wind direction, an effect known as Ekman transport. N. Atlantic Drift Labrador N.
The cycle of hot material rising, cooling, spreading out, and sinking pushes and pulls the lithospheric plates around. 8 5 undated DIVERGENT AND TRANSFORM BOUNDARIES At divergent boundaries, parallel ridges INTRODUCTION 0 The boundaries of a tectonic plate may be emerge as new ocean ﬂoor spreads out on divergent, convergent, or transform. At either side of an ocean ridge. A transform boundary arises when sections of the ridge are divergent boundaries, the crust is extended, offset by different spreading rates.