Oceanography of the Southern African region

  • F. A. Shillington


In order to understand the habitat and distribution of the fishes of southern Africa, it is important to outline the physical oceanography of this region.


Continental Shelf Abyssal Plain Longshore Current Southeasterly Wind Cape Peninsula 
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Further reading

  1. BRANCH, G. M. and M. L. BRANCH. 1981. The Living Shores of Southern Africa. C. Struik, Cape Town, 272 pp.Google Scholar
  2. HARRIS, T. F. W. 1978. “Review of coastal currents in southern African waters”. SANCOR REPORT 30, CSIR, Pretoria, 103 pp.Google Scholar


  1. BANG, N. D. 1970. “Major eddies and frontal structures in the Agulhas Current retroflexion area in March 1969”. Symposium on Oceanography in S. A., CSIR.Google Scholar
  2. BANG, N. D. 1973. “Oceanography: Oceanographic environment of Southern Africa”. The Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa 8, 282–286, Nasau Ltd., Cape Town.Google Scholar
  3. HARRIS, T. F. W. and D. VAN FOREEST. 1977. The Agulhas Current system. Department of Oceanography, Univ. Cape Town, 37 pp.Google Scholar
  4. NELSON, G. and L. HUTCHINGS. 1983. “The Benguela upwelling area”. Progress in Oceanography, 12, 333–356.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Grahamstown 1986

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