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Lets talk N Hemisphere.

I understand wind direction backs as it slows ie at lower altitudes due to friction with the earths surface.

I would expect the same to happen with wind generated ocean currents. I would expect the current to "back" under the sea surface and the further away from the generating force it gets (deeper) I would expect it to back more.

Apparently according to something I read recently this is not the case and the current actually veers the deeper it gets.

Can someone please help



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  1. After posting this question the penny dropped with me but I would still like someone to confirm.

    The wind is subject to the pressure gradient whereas the water is not?

    Comments please


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