Atlantic currents

This image of surface currents illustrates the northeasterly flow of the Gulf Stream. At the edge of the continental shelf off North Carolina, the warm Gulf Stream waters mix with deeper, cold water currents flowing south, creating concentrations of plankton and small species of fishes and invertebrates that provide food for larger species. Image courtesy of Islands in the Stream 2001, NOAA/OER.

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