In which ocean is the Humboldt Current?
The Humboldt Current, also called the Peru Current, is a cold ocean current of low salinity that flows in the north-west direction along the coast of South America. Named after the Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, the current originates in the southern tip of Chile and flows north to Peru and then west along the equator, bathing the Galapagos archipelago. The current has an impacting cooling influence in the climates of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru. It is also responsible for the dryness of the costal areas of these three countries since the current cools the marine air which, in turn, causes little or no precipitation. Clouds and fog are often common during upwelling, which is typical of the Garua season in Galapagos.