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EL NIÑO AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC GYRE
El Niño is a weather phenomenon that occurs in the Pacific Ocean, characterized by warmer than usual sea surface temperatures.
The South Pacific Gyre is a large system of ocean currents that circulate clockwise in the South Pacific Ocean.
El Niño can disrupt the normal patterns of the South Pacific Gyre, causing changes in ocean currents and weather patterns.
During El Niño, the trade winds weaken, which can cause warm water to move eastward and disrupt the normal circulation of the South Pacific Gyre.
The changes in ocean currents and weather patterns caused by El Niño can have significant impacts on marine ecosystems, fisheries, and human populations in the region.
Climate change is projected to intensify El Niño episodes, potentially impacting the South Pacific Gyre and the Pacific Ocean.