Animation: Ocean Circulation Conveyor Belt Helps Balance Climate
As part of the ocean conveyor belt, warm water from the tropical Atlantic moves poleward near the surface where it gives up some of its heat to the atmosphere. This process partially moderates the cold temperatures at higher latitudes. As the warm water gives up its heat, it becomes more dense and sinks.
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Atlantic Ocean Circulation
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