western boundary current

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A relatively narrow, high-velocity current that flows along the western edges of an oceanic basin. Examples include the Agulhas, Brazil, Gulf Stream, and Kuro Shio Currents. Their poleward motion adds anticyclonic vorticity which reinforces the effects of the prevailing winds, resulting in their being considerably stronger and faster than the corresponding eastern boundary currents.

Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

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