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What Is the Gulf Stream?
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What Is the Gulf Stream?

A strong ocean current flows from the Gulf of Mexico and continues along the East Coast of North America, pushing tropical heat north into the Atlantic. The Gulf Stream affects our climate, and it played a role in our history.

Discover how this current, first mentioned by 16th-century explorers, is now affected by global warming.

LiveScience
1775: First Map of the Gulf Stream

1775: First Map of the Gulf Stream

Benjamin Franklin created the first map of the Gulf Stream. Find out what sparked his interest and view a recent satellite map of this system. More...

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National Geographic
A Warm River in the Atlantic Ocean

A Warm River in the Atlantic Ocean

Discover how the 50-mile wide Gulf Stream — one of Earth's major ocean currents — affects our climate and fishing productivity. More...

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McDougal Littell
Benjamin Franklin: Weather Wise

Benjamin Franklin: Weather Wise

A frequent traveler across the Atlantic Ocean, Benjamin Franklin wanted to unlock secrets of the Gulf Stream. Find out what he learned and what we've learned from his scientific observations. More...

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PBS
Harnessing the Power of the Gulf Stream

Harnessing the Power of the Gulf Stream

Scientists in Florida are researching ways to tap into the power of the Gulf Stream, an ocean current dense with energy. Listen to the potential for a new source of renewable energy. More...

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NPR
NASA Views Our Perpetual Ocean

NASA Views Our Perpetual Ocean

Thanks to NASA satellites, you can watch an animation of the Gulf Stream and other surface currents circulating in Earth's oceans from June 2005 to December 2007. More...

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NASA
New Simulations Question the Gulf Stream’s Role in Tempering Europe’s Winters

New Simulations Question the Gulf Stream’s Role in Tempering Europe’s Winters

Scientists studying how the Gulf Stream affects climate have some new theories that contradict long-held beliefs. Investigate these findings and examine their differences. More...

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Scientific American
Origin of the Gulf Stream

Origin of the Gulf Stream

The question of what drove the Gulf Stream intrigued scientists and others for some time. Examine the hypotheses of some early experts. More...

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University of California, San Diego
Slide Show: Could the Gulf Stream Provide Florida with Renewable Energy?

Slide Show: Could the Gulf Stream Provide Florida with Renewable Energy?

Scientists hope to learn if the Gulf Stream can be a renewable energy source to supply electricity in Florida. Look at images of how they conduct their research. More...

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Scientific American
The Gulf Stream Has an Average Speed of 4mph

The Gulf Stream Has an Average Speed of 4mph

Carrying almost 4 billion cubic feet of water per second, the Gulf Stream is an intense ocean current. Do you think it’s speedy or slow-moving? More...

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NOAA
The Thermohaline Circulation - The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt

The Thermohaline Circulation - The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt

Watch the flow of the Gulf Stream and other ocean currents, driven mostly by the wind. One type of current combines the surface and ocean depths. Find out what causes it. More...

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NASA

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