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Definition of upwelling

: the process or an instance of rising or appearing to rise to the surface and flowing outward especially : the process of upward movement to the ocean surface of deeper cold usually nutrient-rich waters especially along some shores due to the offshore movement of surface waters (as from the action of winds and the Coriolis force)

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Recent Examples on the Web By the end of the summer of 1965, many other parts of Watts had burned in a Black upwelling of antiracism protests and riots that led to 34 deaths. Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2021 Similarly, small-scale plumes gradually condense into the single large upwelling that forms the central region of the plume. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 17 Dec. 2021 As the world warms, Dr. Russell and others say, the unceasing winds that drive the upwelling are getting stronger. New York Times, 13 Dec. 2021 In recent days, onshore winds have been hitting the coast at an angle, enabling colder, deeper water to rise to the surface — a phenomenon known as upwelling. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2021 To the upwelling of voter aggravation, add Congress’s likely targeting of indirect benefits that effectively put almost 100% of Americans on the dole. WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 And the brief upwelling of national unity — or calls for it — faded. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 In recent weeks, San Diego has been experiencing upwelling that has made the ocean cooler than normal in many places. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Aug. 2021 The start of the hypoxia season is marked by the upwelling of cold bottom water. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of upwelling

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Upwelling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upwelling. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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