Davidson Current

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In oceanography, the Davidson Current is a coastal countercurrent of the Pacific Ocean running north along the western coast of the United States from Baja California, Mexico to northern California, ending at about latitude 48°N.[1][2]

Its flow is adjacent to the California Current, but it flows north rather than south and hugs the coastline. The current is active year-round at 650 feet (200 meters) below sea level, but surfaces during the winter months, generally from mid-November through mid-February.[1] In these months, northerly winds weaken and are replaced to some extent by southeasterly winds.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Final Environmental Statement: OCL Sale No. 48 : Proposed 1979 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale Offshore Southern California. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management. 1979. p. 77. 
  2. ^ "Davidson Current". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  3. ^ C. Reid Nichols; Robert G. Williams (1 January 2009). Encyclopedia of Marine Science. Infobase Publishing. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-4381-1881-9. 
  4. ^ Murray D. Dailey; Donald J. Reish; Jack W. Anderson (1993). Ecology of the Southern California Bight: A Synthesis and Interpretation. University of California Press. p. 789. ISBN 978-0-520-07578-8. 

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