upwell

verb
up·​well | \ˌəp-ˈwel \
upwelled; upwelling; upwells

Definition of upwell 

intransitive verb

: to well up specifically : to move or flow upward

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According to Steig, the Pacific is already experiencing some changes that may be driving recent increases in warm water upwelling around Antarctica. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Why Are Glaciers Melting from the Bottom? It’s Complicated," 12 Apr. 2018 Where these waves of upwelling energy come from, researchers still don't know for sure. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Reveal Mysteries on the Night Side of Venus," 15 Sep. 2017 In addition, upwelling currents brought even more nutrients up from the depths, resulting in great patches of krill and fish (whale prey) gorging on them, notes the Atlantic. Arden Dier, Fox News, "A new theory on why whales got so big," 25 May 2017 Perceptive anglers will see areas where fast-moving water is upwelling from a shelf, and can focus there to put fish in the boat. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Anglers can use all this wind to their advantage," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of upwell

1885, in the meaning defined above

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