Oceanographic Office, Washington, D.C. 20390 ATTN; Code 40
12. SPONSORING MILITARY ACTIVITY
U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office
NAVOCEANO conducted two oceanographic surveys in the ocean area off Point
Arguello, California, one in January and one in November-December 1964. The
primary purpose of the surveys was to investigate the currents of the area;
however, standard Nansen casts were taken, and bottom sediment and plankton
samples were obtained.
Parachute current drogues were principally used to describe current movement
off Point Arguello. A strong westerly flow along the northern portion of Santa
Barbara Channel was noted in the surface layers. A corresponding easterly
flowing current also was noted in the southern portion of the channel.
The major features of the surface flow appeared to be a counterclockwise
rotating eddy just off Point Arguello and a deflection of the California Current
due to the influence of Rodriquez Dome.
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