equatorial current


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Related to equatorial current: Pacific Equatorial Countercurrent
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any of the ocean currents that flow westward at the equator

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The diatoms creating the streak in the Pacific congregate and thrive at the convergence of the North Equatorial Countercurrent and the cooler, denser water of the South Equatorial Current sinking below it, the scientists assert.
The eastward flow of a major equatorial current in the Pacific Ocean was interrupted and reversed for about a month in late 1987, and may have signalled the end of the 1986-87 El Nino event, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) oceanographers.
Scientists believe the bottle traveled north through the South Pacific Gyre off the Galapagos Islands, then into the East Australian Current, before approaching the South Equatorial Current and possibly weaving through Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
While the moderate equatorial current known as El Nino could warm the ocean and atmospheric temperatures, climatologists warned that a major event such as a volcano could severely cool its impact.
The barrier layer is maintained over the long term through freshening of the near-surface, warm pool by rainfall that is balanced by sporadic mixing with saltier waters transported by the South Equatorial Current from the central tropical and subtropical Pacific.