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Understanding the Agulhas Current's complex relationship with our shores

By Neil Malan, Postdoc, SAEON Egagasini Node

Barrelling down the east coast of southern Africa, the Agulhas Current is one of the natural world’s behemoths.

Transporting some 80 million cubic metres of sea water per second at speeds approaching two metres a second and driven by the aggregate effect of winds over the entire Indian Ocean, the amount of energy involved in this system is somewhat inconceivable.