Gulf of Mexico: geography, states, Gulf Stream

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General information on the Gulf of Mexico, where it is found, wet conditions and water temperature characteristics that give rise to the phenomenon of the Gulf Stream.


Gulf of Mexico geography

The Gulf of Mexico, located south of the US and north of Mexico, represents one of the largest gulfs in the world.

Elliptical in shape, it enters into communication with the Caribbean Sea through the Yucatán Canal and with the Atlantic Ocean via the Florida Strait.


The water temperature is always kept on the surface above 20 ° C even during the winter months.

It overlooks the US coasts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas as well as the Mexican ones of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.

Gulf of Mexico current

The famous Gulf Stream starts from the Gulf of Mexico in North America and makes most of the European Atlantic coasts livable.

In the Gulf of Mexico, enclosed between two large Yucatan peninsulas in Mexico and Florida in the United States, huge masses of water are subject to overheating of the sun's rays as a result of which the tendency would be to go north but the rotation of the the ground makes them deviate to the right maintaining their high forward speed which causes them to deviate even further east as soon as they meet other bodies of water with lower speed.

From this encounter-clash of large bodies of water, the trajectory followed by the gulf current is born.

The Gulf Stream Explained (February 2021)


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