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What is the relative temperature of the ocean current flowing along the west coast of a continent in the midlatitudes? A...


What is the relative temperature of the ocean current flowing along the west coast of a continent in the midlatitudes? Along the east coast of a continent?

Answer

The mid-latitudes are known as tropic of cancer and Capricorn they are affected by the hour's daylight. The sunlight plays a crucial role in warming during the summer and cool days during the winter. The current produced in lower latitude such as the equator has a warm temperature that is the equatorial and counter equatorial current.

The currents that move towards the poles on the western sides of the continent carry relatively warm water through the tropics. Such is an example, of the gulf stream that moves off the coasts of North America.

The current that transports the warm waters to the higher latitudes carries warm water to the east. While the current in the southern hemisphere combines wot the west wind drift to carry relatively cold waters to the east.

The currents that on move along the equator carry relatively cool water towards the equator.  These are found on the eastern side of continents.

This suggests that most current are classified according to their location, that is relative to their surrounding waters. The cold flow along the eastern coast while the cold current flow along the western coasts. This is due to the specific heat and mobility of water bodies.

Hence, the movement of warm and cold water from the lower to higher. From higher to lower latitudes which leads to changes in temperatures along the coast.

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