a cold ocean current flowing S along the Labrador coast through Davis Strait to the Grand Banks where it divides, the E branch joining the North Atlantic Current and the W branch flowing into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
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Also called Arctic Current.
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British Dictionary definitions for arctic current
a cold ocean current flowing southwards off the coast of Labrador and meeting the warm Gulf Stream, causing dense fogs off the coast of Newfoundland
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Science definitions for arctic current
[ lăb′rə-dôr′ ]
A cold ocean current flowing southward from Baffin Bay along the coast of Labrador and turning east after intersecting with the Gulf Stream. The fog characteristic of Labrador is created when warm Gulf Stream air meets the cold waters of the Labrador Current. The Labrador Current also brings down icebergs from the Arctic into transatlantic shipping lanes. Also called Arctic Stream
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