The ocean current flowing southwestward along the Brazilian coast. Its origin is in the westward flowing Atlantic South Equatorial Current, part of which turns south-and flows along the South American coast as the Brazil Current. The mean speed of the current along its entire length is about 0.6 knot. Of

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SEEBECK EFFECT

When two different adjacent metals are heated, an electric current is generated between the metals.

AMMETER

An instrument for measuring the magnitude of electric current flow.

ARC

A flash, caused by an electric current ionizing a gas or vapor.

ALIVE

A term referring to a circuit in which a current is flowing. Also referred to as live.

ALTERNATOR

A device which converts mechanical energy, into alternating current.

HARMONIC FUNCTION

Any real function that satisfies a certain equation. In its simplest form, as used in tide and tidal current predictions, it is a quantity that varies as the cosine of an angle that increases uniformly with time

HARMONIC CONSTANTS

The amplitudes and epochs of the harmonic constituents of the tide or tidal current at any place

GUIANA CURRENT

An ocean current flowing northwestward along the northeast coast of South America. The Guiana Current is an extension of the Atlantic South Equatorial Current, which crosses the equator and approaches the coast of South America. Eventually, it is joined by part of the Atlantic North Equatorial Current and becomes, successively, the CARIBBEAN ISLANDS, and the FLORIDA CURRENT. Also called NORTH BRAZIL CURRENT.

GUINEA CURRENT

A North Atlantic Ocean current flowing eastward along the south coast of northwest Africa into the Gulf of Guinea. The Guinea Current is the continuation of the Atlantic Equatorial Countercurrent augmented by the eastern branch of the Canary Current.

APPARENT VOLTAGE

The apparent voltage, as measured by the drop in pressure due to a current flowing through a resistance. (EMF)

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