Alaska Current

The Alaska Current is a southwestern warm-water current alongside the west coast of the North American continent. The current results from the northward diversion of a portion of the North Pacific Current. It forms a part of the Alaska Current and continues into the Alaskan Stream, which begins near Kodiak Island and flows southwestward along the Alaska Peninsula. The Alaska Current produces large clockwise eddies at two sites: west of the Queen Charlotte Islands ("Queen Charlotte Eddy" or "Haida Eddies") and west of Sitka, Alaska ("Sitka Eddy")

Alaska Current in red.

See alsoEdit

  • Ocean current – Directional mass flow of oceanic water generated by external or internal forces
  • Ocean gyre – Any large system of circulating ocean currents
  • Physical oceanography – The study of physical conditions and physical processes within the ocean

ReferencesEdit

  • "Alaska Current". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 7 August 2015.