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Water   Water currents   Sea currents   Tides and water levels   Waves   Water cycle   Seawater   
Buoy with current overfalls, Ecomare

Water currents

Water hardly ever stands still. It continually flows from high to low. Together with evaporation and precipitation, these currents are part of the recycling of water. Ocean currents are caused by the earth's rotation, temperature differences, the tides and the wind. Some sea currents determine the climate. Without the Gulf Stream, the northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean would be much colder. Other sea currents determine the shape of the coast: without tides, the Wadden Sea would look very different.