Labrador Current - Wikipedia
May 12, Here, the Gulf Stream, bringing warm water from the South, meets the Slope Sea Gyre, also called the Labrador Current, which Savidge. May 12, It flows along the Atlantic coast line north until it meets the Labrador coast of Canada and the cool Labrador Current, thence the Gulf Stream. Fog created in the region, most notably where the cold waters of the Labrador Current meet the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, has also blinded and sealed the.
The Labrador Current is a cold current with low salinity, and reaches a maximum depth of around 2, feet.
It carries a volume of water ranging between , and , cubic feet, and transports numerous icebergs southward. The waters of the current once thrived with commercially important fish species like Atlantic cod, which sustained large scale commercial fishing in the region.
The Labrador Current has also been held responsible for a number of major marine disasters of the past. The icebergs and sea-ice sheets carried by the current have often led to numerous shipwrecks, including the sinking of the ill-fated R.
Grand Banks of Newfoundland - Wikipedia
Titanic in the Spring ofin the frigid waters of the Labrador Current off the coast of Newfoundland. Fog created in the region, most notably where the cold waters of the Labrador Current meet the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, has also blinded and sealed the fate of many navigation vessels in the past.
Modern Significance The Labrador Current plays a major role in influencing the climate of the Canadian provinces lying along its path. The relatively lower salinity of the current compared to the waters of the central parts of the Atlantic Ocean makes the water easily susceptible to freezing.
When the Labrador Current meets the Gulf Stream, the confluence creates the Grand Banks
The cold waters of the Labrador Current thus have a moderating effect on the climate of the coastal lands in its path, making the summers there cooler, and winters more severely cold. The numerous icebergs in the path of the Labrador Current often act as a barrier to the safe passage of ships. However, the purity of these same icebergs have made them a commercially attractive source of pure water, and also attracts a large number of tourists into the region for iceberg viewing.
A powerful, warm, surface current in the North Atlantic Oceaneast of North Americathe Gulf Stream is one of the strongest known currents.
It originates in the Gulf of Mexico as the Florida Currentwith an approximate temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, a breadth of no more than fifty miles and a depth of a mile or more. It passes through the Straits of Florida and up along the eastern coast of the United States to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Canada, driven northward by southwest winds.
At this confluence, the warm Gulf Stream waters combine with the cold winds accompanying the Labrador Currentforming one of the densest concentrations of fog in the world. Because of this immense heat transfer, atmospheric storms tend to intensify in this region. Also at this location, the Gulf Stream is split into two currents: The water temperature decreases with the northward flow and the breadth of the current spans several hundred miles at its widest.
The average speed of the Gulf Stream is four miles per hour, slowing to one mile per hour as the current widens to the north. The Gulf Stream transports as much as 3. The current's core, or jet, follows the contours of the continental rise.
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