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15% Chance North Atlantic Current Partially Collapses In The Next Century, Scientists Say

by Trevor Nace, Forbes

The North Atlantic current is a key reason western Europe is unusually warm given its latitude. Now, scientists believe there is a 15% chance of a partial collapse in the coming century.

The current transports warm water from the Gulf of Mexico up the southeastern coast of the United States, breaks from the coast at Cape Hatteras, NC, and heads for northwestern Europe. The ocean is a powerful transporter of heat, providing comparatively warm conditions in northwestern Europe.

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