Labrador Current

The Labrador Current, famous for icebergs and once-abundant cod fish, is a southeasterly flow of water over the continental shelf and slope east of Newfoundland and Labrador, between Hudson Strait and the southern tip of the Grand Banks. About 80% of the flow is concentrated in a 50 km-wide, high-speed stream over the upper continental slope, where surface speeds up to 0.8 m/s have been recorded, in contrast to 0.1 - 0.2 m/s elsewhere in the current. The water, coming from Baffin and Hudson bays, Foxe Basin and the West Greenland Current, is colder (0.0°C) and contains less salt (.0334) than water of the deep ocean (4.0°C, .0347).