The southern branch of the North Atlantic Current (which divides on the eastern side of the ocean); it moves south past Spain and southwestward along the Northwest coast of Africa and past the Canary islands. In the vicinity of the Cape Verde Islands, it divides into two branches, the western branch augmenting the Atlantic North Equatorial Current and the Eastern branch curving southward and continuing as the GUINEA CURRENT. The Canary Current forms the southeastern part of the general clockwise oceanic circulation of the North Atlantic Ocean. Also called the Canaries Current.

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SEEBECK EFFECT

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

ABSORBER

That part of the low side of an absorption system, used for absorbing vapor refrigerant.

AMMETER

An instrument for measuring the magnitude of electric current flow.

ARC

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

WEATHER SIDE

The side of a ship exposed to the wind.

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

GULF STREAM SYSTEM

A system of ocean currents comprised of the Florida Current, the Gulf Stream, and the North Atlantic Current.

HARMONIC CONSTANTS

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

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