Geostrophic Wind

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    Is it because of the decrease in coriolis force that the geostrophic wind is greater at 30N than at 60N?

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    Louise Hahn
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    Geostrophic motion, fluid flow in a direction parallel to lines of equal pressure (isobars) in a rotating system, such as the Earth. Such flow is produced by the balance of the Coriolis force (q.v.; caused by the Earth’s rotation) and the pressure-gradient force. The velocity of the flow is proportional to the gradient of the pressure and inversely proportional to latitude.

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