How do ocean currents affect climate patterns?



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    Really it’s all about the exchange of heat. Ocean currents move warm air from the Equator to the poles and cold air from the poles to the Equator. This decreases the temperature gradient from north to south allowing for more stable climates especially in coastal areas. This also causes the movement of air and water through the atmosphere, everything from monsoons to hurricanes. For example, hurricanes are fed by warm water if the currents didn’t move Equatorial waters to the poles the tropics could over heat and cause super hurricanes known as “hypercanes.”

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