Coriolis Effect Reading

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1. What is the Coriolis effect?

The reason why the winds and currents in the Northern hemisphere turn right and the winds and currents turn left in the Southern hemisphere

2. What is subject to the Coriolis effect?

The winds and the ocean currents. The Coriolis effect causes the winds and ocean currents to steer in one direction depending on which hemisphere.

3. What is the direction of deflection in the Northern Hemisphere?

In the Northern hemisphere, the Coriolis effect makes objects turn right, or clockwise. So the direction of deflection would be counter-clockwise, or left.

4. What is the direction of deflection in the Southern Hemisphere?

In the Southern hemisphere, the Coriolis effect makes objects turn left, or counter-clockwise. So the direction of deflection would be clockwise, or right.

5. What happens if pilots do not correct for the Coriolis effect?

Then their route would veer one way depending on the hemisphere. If they were in the Northern hemisphere, they would veer completely off track towards the right side. If they were in the Southern hemisphere, they would veer completely off track towards the left side.

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