BrainPOP

Ocean Currents

Ahoy there! Did you know that the water in the world’s oceans is always on the move? That warm water from the tropics causes mild winters in Western Europe? And that temperature, density, and the Earth’s rotation all play a role? Well, Tim and Moby will give you the inside scoop on all this stuff--and more--in this BrainPOP movie on ocean currents. You’ll learn about surface currents, like the Gulf Stream, and gyres, the large, circular currents that exist in all the world’s oceans. You’ll also hear about the Coriolis Effect, the global conveyor belt, and the cool California Current. So don’t drift off--pay close attention to this movie!

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