Story: Ocean currents and tides

Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds

When the strong tidal currents of Cook Strait flow through the narrow entrances of the Marlborough Sounds, complex currents are produced. Whirls and current paths are visible in this photograph, taken from space. The waters seen here have different levels of turbidity (sediment held in suspension).

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NASA-Johnson Space Center
Reference: International Space Station Crew Earth Observations Experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group, ISS005-E-16780

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Craig Stevens and Stephen Chiswell, 'Ocean currents and tides - Fiords, estuaries and river plumes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Craig Stevens and Stephen Chiswell, published 12 Jun 2006