satellite image of the Loop Current

Currents also create hills and depressions in the ocean surface as they flow. Only a few tens of centimeters high over distances of hundreds of kilometers, these sea surface altitude changes can also be measured and mapped from space. Image courtesy of Louisiana State University.

 

Related Links

Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition: Loop Current

Okeanos Explorer: Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition

NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA Ocean Explorer Gallery