Ocean current

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A map of all the large ocean currents of the world.

An ocean current is a continuous movement of ocean water from one place to another. Ocean currents are created by wind, water temperature, salt content, and the gravity of the moon. The current's direction and speed depend on the shoreline and the ocean floor. They can flow for thousands of miles and are found in all the major oceans of the world. One major example of an ocean current is the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean currents can be found on the water surface and deeper down.

Major ocean currents of the world

Arctic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean[1]

Pacific Ocean

Indian Ocean

Southern Ocean

Notes

  1. "Surface Currents in the Atlantic Ocean".