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California Current

The California Current is "a cold mass of water some 645 km (400 mi.) wide, flowing southward at .3 to 1 km (0.2 to 0.6 mi.) per hour. Many ocean currents are larger than this one; the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic, for example, moves ten times as much water. Nevertheless, our little California Current has a quite respectable flow - carrying more than 200 times as much as the Mississippi River, or about three times as much as all Earth's rivers combined!" (Excerpt from the book, Seashore Life of Southern California, by Sam Hinton, University of California Press, 1987, pp. 13-14)

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