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Current Measurements under the Gulf Stream near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
RHODE ISLAND UNIV KINGSTON GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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Measurements were made in the Gulf Stream and Western Boundary Undercurrent in order to determine how the two currents cross each other near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Deep current measurements were made along a line normal to the Gulf Stream axis and 100 m above the ocean floor in depths from 1300-4100 m. Six current meter records were obtained in May, June, and July 1971. Current velocities up to 47 cmsec towards the southwest were recorded under the Gulf Stream axis. All six records had their peak velocities in the southwest quadrant and four of the deepest records 2800 to 4000 m had their mean velocity vector in the southwest direction. During the period of observations the Gulf Stream did not extend to the bottom in this area escept as brief current reversals to the northeast. Modified author abstract
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