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Eastern Boundary Current (Hydroform Type)

Component: Hydroform

Unique Identifier: 647

Hydroform Class Current
Hydroform Boundary Current
Hydroform Type Eastern Boundary Current

Definition The eastern portion of the great ocean gyres circulating in the ocean basins against west continental coasts. They may be broad or narrow and meandering; they transport colder water into the tropics. EBCs are typically shallow and slow-flowing compared to the Western boundary currents. EBCs may be associated with upwellings and nutrient rich seas that can support very productive fisheries, such as in the Peruvian Upwelling.