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Western Boundary Current (Hydroform Type)

Component: Hydroform

Unique Identifier: 648

Hydroform Class Current
Hydroform Boundary Current
Hydroform Type Western Boundary Current

Definition The western portion of the great ocean gyre circulation, which moves along the eastern coasts of the continents. These currents are deeper (up to 1,000 meters) and faster moving than eastern counterparts. The western intensification, due to Coriolis forces being stronger in the latitudes of the Westerlies that steer Western boundary currents, is responsible for the great speed and intensity of these currents. WBCs transport warmer tropical waters into the cold higher latitudes and have a great effect on both oceanic and terrestrial climate, water temperatures and distribution of biota.