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Kuroshio Current. Alvan Chao. Kuroshio. Warm water current 24°C 50-300 cm/s 400 m deep 100 km wide Similar to the Gulf Stream Japan current Black stream. Flow. Flows from Taiwan to Japan Splits off the coast of Canada Forms the Alaska and California Currents

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kuroshio
Kuroshio
  • Warm water current
  • 24°C
  • 50-300 cm/s
  • 400 m deep
  • 100 km wide
  • Similar to the Gulf Stream
  • Japan current
  • Black stream
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Flow
  • Flows from Taiwan to Japan
  • Splits off the coast of Canada
  • Forms the Alaska and California Currents
  • Western boundary current
rings
Rings
  • Produces both warm and cold rings.
  • Warm rings are generally 150 kilometers in diameter
  • Cold rings drift southwestward into the Western Pacific Ocean.
    • Can move northwest and reabsorbed into the Kuroshio.
fluctuations
Fluctuations
  • Seasonal
  • Strongest from May to August
  • Recedes in late summer and fall
  • Increases from January to February
  • Currents deviate
importance
Importance
  • Climate
    • Warming effect on Japan
  • Biology
    • Phytoplankton blooms
    • Fish populations
    • Coral Reefs
  • Fisheries
    • Tuna
sources
Sources
  • http://swfsc.noaa.gov/publications/CR/1973/7302.PDF
  • http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/325346/Kuroshio
  • http://whatonearth.olehnielsen.dk/currents.asp
  • http://www.jamstec.go.jp/jamstec-e/earth/p4/index.html
  • http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1120293&lang=eng_news&cate_img=35.jpg&cate_rss=news_Business