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The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream Current is one of the strongest ocean currents on Earth. This river of water that ferries heat from the tropics far into the North Atlantic pulls away from the coast of the U.S. Southeast around Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. There the current widens and heads northeastward. In this region, the current begins to meander more, forming curves and loops with swirling eddies on both the colder, northwestern side of the stream and the warmer, southeastern side.


NASA images courtesy Norman Kuring, MODIS Ocean Team.

Published April 20, 2005
Data acquired April 18, 2005

Source:
Aqua > MODIS