A SEQUENCE OF CURRENT PATTERNS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO,
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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The primary current in the Gulf of Mexico is in the form of a loop entering through the Yucatan Channel and eventually leaving through the Florida Straits. It transports some 25 to 45 million m3sec of water at 1 to 4 knots. It is known to be variable in position but little information concerning the exact nature of the variations is published. A series of eight cruises of about two weeks duration each was conducted by the author over a 30-month period in the different seasons. The primary current was crossed 40 times. Five of these cruises supplemented by three others having somewhat differing objectives provided a series of eight cruises in one 16-month period beginning in July 1965. A reasonable sequence of current patterns for the primary current loop is indicated by the observations. The sequence results are compared to data available from other time periods. The flow is well represented year-around by the topographies of the 22 degrees C isothermal surfaces.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography