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Gyre Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles

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  • a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

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Gyre Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A gyre is any large system of ocean currents moving in a circle, particularly those involved with large wind movements. Gyres are caused by the Coriolis effect: because the Earth is constantly rotating, ocean currents in the northern hemisphere tend to move in a clockwise direction and currents in the southern hemisphere in an anti-clockwise direction.

The Earth rotates from the west towards the east, and the Coriolis effect becomes more intense toward the poles. Because of this, gyres form especially strong currents on the western side of oceans (so that they are pushed against the eastern coast of the continents).

The term gyre can be used to mean any type of vortex in the air or the sea, but it is most commonly used in oceanography to refer to the major ocean current systems.



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  • No limit to life in sediment of ocean's deadest region
    Scientists have found oxygen and oxygen-breathing microbes all the way through the sediment from the seafloor to the igneous basement at seven sites in the South Pacific gyre, considered the "deadest" location in the ocean. Read more on this news related to 'Gyre'
  • New leaders of Haywood GOP must prove their mettle
    Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world …. Read more on this news related to 'Gyre'
  • SPOTLIGHT: Mands’ incredibly vicious, just plain incredible improv album 15/6/2014
    Back in 2013, while playing a show together with their respective bands in Trois-Rivières, Tim Keen (drummer of Ought ) and Amy Macdonald (of Public Transit, Nennen , and formerly of Gyre Spire & Spindle ) bonded over their mutual interest in heavy music. Read more on this news related to 'Gyre'

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