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The Surface Currents

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Read the on-line article, "Pacific Toy Spill Fuels Ocean Current Pathways Research." What changes were made to allow the projected toy drift to agree with the actual toy drift? Why do different drift patterns appear in different years?

The Gulf Stream is one of the largest western boundary currents found in the Subtropical Gyres of the world's ocean. Using the text from the link above, discuss why the poleward-flowing western boundary currents have high transport and rapid flow velocities.