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Current flow in one layer of a fluid brought about by current flow in an adjacent layer, as when surface ocean currents caused by wind themselves cause current flow deeper in the ocean. Also called Ekman transport.
[After Vagn Walfrid Ekman (1874-1954), Swedish oceanographer.]
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