Return to Currents: Surface Ocean Currents: Coriolis Effect

 

If the Earth did not rotate on its axis and remained stationary, the atmosphere would only circulate between the Earth's polar regions (areas of high pressure) and the equator (a low pressure area) in a simple back-and-forth pattern. Image B shows a "cutaway" view of this hypothetical circulation pattern.
atmospheric circulation sans Earth rotation

 

 

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