north atlantic drift

North Atlantic Current

noun
an ocean current flowing NE toward the British Isles, formed by the convergence of the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current SE of Newfoundland.
Also called North Atlantic Drift.
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North Atlantic Drift or North Atlantic Current
 
n
Also called: Gulf Stream the warm ocean current flowing northeast, under the influence of prevailing winds, from the Gulf of Mexico towards NW Europe and warming its climate
 
North Atlantic Current or North Atlantic Current
 
n

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north atlantic drift

part of a clockwise-setting ocean-current system in the North Atlantic Ocean, extending from southeast of the Grand Bank, off Newfoundland, Canada, to the Norwegian Sea, off northwestern Europe. It constitutes the northeastward extension of the Gulf Stream; the latter issues from the Gulf of Mexico and gradually emerges as the North Atlantic Current in mid-ocean. It is composed of several broad currents with speeds of about 0.2 knots, as compared with the Gulf Stream's rather concentrated flow at 1 to 6 knots

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