Upwells of Life and Oil; a Unique Partnership Between the Sea and Steel

October 1, 2014 7:17 PM

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Upwells of Life and Oil; a Unique Partnership Between the Sea and Steel

Spring is a season when new life is replenished and although this productivity is obvious on land, the ocean, with it's seemingly unchanging surface, is also privy to this season. Especially off the coast of California, where the winds and deep underwater canyons provide the perfect conditions for upwelling. In fact, coastal upwelling regions, accounting for less than 1% of the ocean surface, contribute roughly 50% of the worlds fishing landings (NOAA).

Before I go into detail on upwelling, it is important to first address the wind. Winds create a powerful and direct effect on the oceans and are an important force in creating currents. From the global circulation of entire ocean systems to small eddies nearshore, winds move water and its resident a...

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