Oceans and seas

Asia Minor Current

November 2, 2011, 3:33 pm

The Asia Minor Current (AMC) is a meandering ocean current flowing westward and then northward along the Turkish coast and the southeastern coast of Rhodes. It borders the northwest part of the Rhodes gyre, and originates as part of the mid–Mediterranean jet branching to the north. There is a major branch in the AMC in the region of the Rhodes and Karpathos Straits. Both branches intrude into the south Aegean Sea and meander in the northeastern Sea of Crete as a continuation of the AMC. The branches carry warm and saline Levantine waters within the upper 300–400 dbar layer.

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Baum, S. (2011). Asia Minor Current. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/150259


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