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Nature 184, 209 - 210 (18 July 1959); doi:10.1038/184209a0

Evidence of a South Equatorial Countercurrent in the Pacific Ocean

JOSEPH L. REID JUN.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, California. May 6.

AN eastward-flowing current of speeds from 10 to 25 cm./sec. is indicated along a density surface (σt = 26.81) in the Pacific Ocean south of the equator in a position roughly symmetrical to that of the (North) Equatorial Countercurrent. Along this surface the current is found between lat. 2° S. and 5° S. at long. 165° E. and progressively farther south toward the east, to between lat. 10° S. and 14° S. at long. 95° W. The depth of this surface rises to the south along the flow, from 400 to 300 m. in the west and from 400 to 350 m. in the east.

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