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(1) The flowing of water, or other liquid or gas. (2) That portion of a stream of water which is moving with a velocity much greater than the average or in which the progress of the water is principally concentrated. (3) Ocean currents can be classified in a number of different ways. Some important types include the following:
Periodic - due to the effect of the tides; such CURRENTS may be rotating rather than having a simple back and forth motion. The CURRENTS accompanying tides are known as TIDAL CURRENTS
Temporary - due to seasonal winds
Permanent or ocean - constitute a part of the general ocean circulation. The term DRIFT CURRENT is often applied to a slow broad movement of the oceanic water
Nearshore - caused principally by waves breaking along a shore.

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