- a warm current in the Atlantic Ocean flowing SE along the E coast of Brazil.
* * *branch of the Atlantic South Equatorial Current, flowing southward in the South Atlantic Ocean along the eastern coast of South America from Cape St. Roque, Brazil, to about latitude 30°–40° S, where the northward-flowing Falkland Current deflects it to the east. The current is characterized by warm temperatures that vary from 66° to 81° F (19° to 27° C) and a high salinity that averages 35 to 37 parts per thousand. It is relatively weak and shallow, with a surface speed of one to two knots and a depth of 330–660 feet (100–200 m), and has a volume of approximately 353,000,000 cubic feet (10,000,000 cubic m) per second.
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