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Arctic Current. Ocean current flowing from Davis Strait, along coasts of Labrador and Newfoundland, meeting Gulf Stream in latitude 41° to 42° N. It then turns eastward. From March onwards it brings down icebergs. Also known as 'Labrador Current', 'Davis Current'.

Arctic Sea Smoke. Fog on surface of sea when caused by cold air moving over warm water.

Arctic Zone. Area north of Arctic Circle.

Arctophylax. Old name for constellation Bootes. Name is some­times given to star Arcturus. Is Greek for 'Bear Watcher'.

Arcturus. Star  Bootes. S.H.A. 147°; Dec. N 19°; Mag. 0-2. Diameter is 30 times that of Sun. candlepower is 100 times greater. Distant 41 light years; temperature 4100°A. Name is Greek for 'Bear Warden'.


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