boundary current

All Sources -
Updated Media sources (1) About encyclopedia.com content Print Topic Share Topic
views updated

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.

views updated

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.

More From Encyclopedia.com


You Might Also Like