Ocean currents around South America

Ocean currents around South America

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Credit: KARSTEN SCHNEIDER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ocean currents around South America. Satellite-based graphic showing ocean currents (swirling coloured lines) off the coast of Central and South America. The colours indicate ocean temperatures, ranging from the warm tropics (red) to cooler water (green) in more temperate latitudes. At right the warm Atlantic South Equatorial Current splits and the Brazil Current flows to the south, while to North Brazil Current flows north. At upper left are the warm Pacific North Equatorial and South Equatorial Currents, separated by the cooler Pacific Equatorial Counter.

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