Humboldt current

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Humboldt Current

A cold ocean current of the South Pacific, flowing north along the western coast of South America. Also called Peru Current.

[After Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt.]

Humboldt Current

(Physical Geography) a cold ocean current of the S Pacific, flowing north along the coasts of Chile and Peru. Also called: Peru Current

Peru′ Cur′rent

a cold Pacific Ocean current flowing N along the coasts of Chile and Peru. Also called Humboldt Current.
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Noun1.Humboldt current - a cold ocean current that flows north along the Pacific Coast of South America before turning west
ocean current - the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing direction
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Anchovy, cold-water fish used to make fishmeal, thrive in Peru's nutrient-rich Humboldt current and scatter when waters heat up.
The Humboldt Current is the most productive fishing region in the world," said Jim Simon, Oceana President.
Humboldt penguins, which are classed as vulnerable on the IUCN red data list, originate along the South American coastline in areas reached by the Humboldt current.
The strong influence of the Humboldt Current allows the cool breeze to blow from the mountains, thus creating a strong temperature difference between day and night, which suits nicely when producing good grapes.
The presence of the Andes range paired with the cold Humboldt current produces a formidable climate diversity, key for agricultural production.
The trip also offers a boat trip into the Pacific's Humboldt Current, which is one of the best areas to spot the albatross.
Yet it has water from the snow melt of the Andes, and the cooling influence of the cold Pacific Humboldt current.
ABSTRACT The Humboldt Current System is a highly productive ecosystem that is subject to the dynamics of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
The contributions include discussions of theory and observation of inherent optical properties of non-spherical marine- like particles; global ecology of the giant kelp Macrocystis; habitat coupling by mid-latitude, subtidal, and marine mysids; use of diversity estimations in the study of sedimentary benthic communities; an integrated perspective of the coral reefs of the Andaman Sea; oceanographic processes, ecological interactions, and socioeconomic feedback in the Humboldt Current system of northern and central Chile; loss, status, and trends for coastal marine habitats of Europe; and climate change and Australian marine life.
As a temperate species, Humboldt Penguins would be physiologically well-adapted to conditions in the temperate north Pacific with its cold and productive waters similar to those in the upwelling region of the Humboldt Current off Peru and Chile.

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