Skip to main content
Select Source:

boundary current

boundary current Northward- or southward-directed ocean-water current which flows parallel and close to a continental margin. Such currents are caused by the deflection of eastward- and westward-flowing currents by the continental land masses. Boundary currents on the western margins of ocean basins, such as the Gulf Stream and the Kuroshio current, are deep, narrow, fast-moving currents; while currents along the eastern boundaries, such as the Canaries current and the California current, tend to be relatively shallow, broad, diffuse and slow-moving.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"boundary current." A Dictionary of Earth Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"boundary current." A Dictionary of Earth Sciences. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 11, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/boundary-current

"boundary current." A Dictionary of Earth Sciences. . Retrieved December 11, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/boundary-current

boundary current

boundary current The northward- or southward-directed ocean-water current which flows parallel and close to a continental margin. Such currents are caused by the deflection of eastward- and westward-flowing currents by the continental land masses. Boundary currents on the western margins of ocean basins, such as the Gulf Stream and the Kuroshio Current, are deep, narrow, fast-moving currents; currents along the eastern boundaries, such as the Canaries Current and the California Current, tend to be relatively shallow, broad, diffuse and slow-moving.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"boundary current." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"boundary current." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 11, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/boundary-current-0

"boundary current." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Retrieved December 11, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/boundary-current-0