Kuroshio

Kuroshio

[koo-roh-shee-oh; Japanese koo-raw-shee-aw]

Origin:
< Japanese, equivalent to kuro black + shio (earlier shifo) tide

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Kuroshio (kəˈrəʊʃɪˌəʊ)
 
n
another name for Japan Current

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kuroshio

strong surface oceanic current of the Pacific Ocean, the northeasterly flowing continuation of the Pacific North Equatorial Current between Luzon of the Philippines and the east coast of Japan. The temperature and salinity of Kuroshio water are relatively high for the region, about 68 F (20 C) and 34.5 parts per thousand, respectively. Only about 1,300 feet (400 m) deep, the Kuroshio travels at rates ranging between 20 and 120 inches (50 and 300 cm) per second.

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