Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate


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Which of the following statements is TRUE concerning oceans and circulation patterns?

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1. Which of the following terms is used to describe large circular ocean currents that are driven mostly by the wind?

2. Which of the following ocean circulation patterns brings cold, nutrient-rich water to the surface, supporting marine life in the area?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz, you'll need to know about different ocean circulation patterns and the related terminology. You'll also need to know general facts about ocean circulation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Challenge yourself by answering questions on the following:

  • Facts about oceans and circulation patterns
  • The term for circular ocean currents that are mostly wind-driven
  • Which pattern brings cold water to the surface
  • The factors that drive a particular type of circulation

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on ocean circulation patterns
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how ocean circulation patterns help support marine life and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different types of circulation patterns

Additional Learning

Review the corresponding lesson called Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate to learn more about this subject. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Recognize the complexity of the ocean system
  • Understand the affects of wind on ocean circulation
  • Define the Coriolis Effect
  • Review how temperature and salinity relate to ocean circulation