EAC (East Australian Current)
East Australian Current is the largest
ocean current close to the coasts
of Australia. Its source is in the
tropical Coral Sea, North East of
Queensland. It moves great quantities
of warm water south along our eastern
coastline to Tasmania.
current renews fish stocks, creates
nutrient rich upwellings, disperses
effluent and marine pollution, provides
a warm swimming temperature, assists
yachts and ships and more.
have discovered the EAC:
up to 30 million cubic metres per
second, with a strong influence
to 500 metres depth and 100 kilometres
strongest in summer, peaking in
huge ocean eddies
crosses onto the continental shelf
and moves close inshore
upwellings where it moves away from
be slowed down or be reversed by
EAC 1997-2003. Picture courtesy
Craig Johnston, University of Tasmania.
in the currents is harmful marine debris.
Beach cleanups like this one in Victoria
collect mainly plastics.
Photo courtesy Brooke Connor.
Leeuwin Current runs along our western
coast, it carries a quarter as much
water as the EAC and peaks in May-June.
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