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Gulf of St. Lawrence
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Gulf of St. Lawrence

Located in eastern Canada, the Gulf of St. Lawrence owes many of its unique characteristics to its geography. Sea water flows into and out of the gulf through only two channels. Currents and tides sweep cold, Arctic seawater through the narrow Strait of Belle Isle in the north. In the south, the wider Cabot Strait admits warmer water from the Atlantic Gulf Stream. With no other outlet to the Atlantic, the Gulf of St. Lawrence is relatively isolated.

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Harvey Churned Up and Cooled Down the Gulf
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Harvey Churned Up and Cooled Down the Gulf

Cool rain and runoff, combined with the overturning of sea water, has cooled off the sea.

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A Lava Lamp Look at the Atlantic
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A Lava Lamp Look at the Atlantic

The Gulf Stream is a warm current amidst the cool North Atlantic. But the pattern is hardly uniform.

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The Gulf Stream
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The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream Current is one of the strongest ocean currents on Earth. This river of water that ferries heat from the tropics far into the North Atlantic pulls away from the coast of the U.S. Southeast around Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. There the current widens and heads northeastward. In this region, the current begins to meander more, forming curves and loops with swirling eddies on both the colder, northwestern side of the stream and the warmer, southeastern side.

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Harvey’s Chilling Wake
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Harvey’s Chilling Wake

The huge pulse of rainwater and the churning effect of the storm on the Gulf of Mexico has dramatically lowered sea surface temperatures.

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Mississippi River Escapes the Gulf
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Mississippi River Escapes the Gulf

In the summer months, a large portion of the Mississippi River outflow heads southeast into the Gulf of Mexico.

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