Ocean Surface Circulation: Patterns, Speed & Direction


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How many major rotating ocean currents are there?

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1. Gyres in the Northern Hemisphere travel in a _____ direction.

2. What are currents at the equator called?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet set will help you quickly assess your understanding of ocean surface circulation patterns. You will be quizzed on the major circulation patterns and how they relate to wind patterns.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following topics:

  • The number of major ocean currents or gyres
  • The rotation pattern of gyres
  • The ocean currents at the equator
  • The relationship of currents to wind direction based on the Ekman Transport model
  • Why currents do not follow wind patterns

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- extract information from the related lesson on ocean currents
  • Critical thinking- apply relevant concepts to examine information regarding Ekman transport
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why water doesn't travel in the same direction as wind

Additional Learning

To learn more about ocean currents, review the accompanying lesson called Ocean Surface Circulation: Patterns, Speed & Direction. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the impact of ocean currents on ocean temperature and navigation
  • Learn about the location and speed of the ocean currents
  • Understand the boundary currents and their effects on weather
  • See how circulation at the surface affects subsurface circulation