South Atlantic Gyre

A gyre is large system of rotating ocean currents, particularly those involved with large wind movements. Gyres are caused by the Coriolis Effect.

Ocean Gyres

Ocean Gyres

The South Atlantic Gryre is located in the Southern Hemisphere in between the East coast of South America (Brazil) and the West coast of Africa. Since the South Atlantic Gyre is in the Southern Hemisphere it circulates in a counter-clockwise direction because the Coriolis affect is reversed.

Atlantic Ocean Gyres

Atlantic Ocean Gyres

The Brazil current is the South Atlantic Gyre's western boundary current and brings warm equatorial water to the pole. The Benguela current is the eastern boundary current, bringing cold Antarctic water towards the equator. The South Atlantic's northern boundary is the South Equatorial Current and it is bordered on the south by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. The South Atlantic Gyre is one of 5 major gyres, the others being the North Atlantic Gyre, The Indian Ocean Gyre, the North Pacific Gyre, and the South Pacific Gyre.

Ocean Gyres and Circulation

Ocean Gyres and Circulation

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2 Responses to “South Atlantic Gyre”

  1. David C. Judkins Says:

    I am preparing a paper on the distribution of pelagic shrimp in the Atlantic to be submitted to Zootaxa. I would like to use the middle figure showing Atlantic ocean surface currents and will need to obtain permission from the original publisher. Can you tell who the author is and when and where it was first published? Thanks!

  2. David C. Judkins Says:

    I misspelled the email address in my previous submission. Please note that it is dcjudkins@gmail.com. Please email the response. Thanks!

    Original message concerning middle figure in South Atlantic Gyre page:

    I am preparing a paper on the distribution of pelagic shrimp in the Atlantic to be submitted to Zootaxa. I would like to use the middle figure showing Atlantic ocean surface currents and will need to obtain permission from the original publisher. Can you tell who the author is and when and where it was first published?

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