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Mesozoic ocean currents?




Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 04:01:53 +0000
From: Rodlox R <rodlox@hotmail.com>
Subject: Mesozoic ocean currents?
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
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this may sound strange...but is there any way to tell which way the currents of ancient oceans flowed? a way based upon fossil plankton, or analogy with modern seas, or however?


thanks.
Well, the answer is probably yes, but it would take some oceanographic background. The major wind driven ocean currents of today can be derived from global wind patterns and from the locations of the major land masses. You (or an oceanographer) might be able to do it "back of the envelope" but there are paleo-oceanographers who actually study that sort of thing. Try a google search on paleooceanography and see of any of the results point into the direction of what you are actually looking for.

Janice (an oceanographer)