Meaning of upwelling in English:


Pronunciation /ˌʌpˈwɛlɪŋ/


  • An instance or amount of seawater, magma, or other liquid rising up.

    ‘an upwelling of magma has caused long-lasting volcanic activity’
    • ‘The question of why the plates move gets passed on to the geologists, who appeal to an upwelling of magma that pushes them apart.’
    • ‘In certain areas of these coral reefs, high tidal ranges generate daily upwelling during flood tides.’
    • ‘This is reinforced by the presence of the upwelling, north-flowing, cold Humboldt Current along the west coast of South America, which prevents precipitation in the coastal regions.’
    • ‘They can often be found in areas with upwellings or convergence zones that bring food to the surface.’
    • ‘When at sea, they concentrate over the continental shelf or over upwellings of cold, nutrient-rich water.’
    • ‘They are most commonly found over upwellings or the continental shelf, rarely close to shore.’
    • ‘Coastal upwelling is the principle oceanographic phenomenon in the Caribbean associated with higher biological productivity.’
    • ‘The origin of these exotic features remains a mystery but may be due to something simple, such as the uneven upwelling of ice sheets.’
    • ‘At sea, they gather at upwellings and convergence zones where food is brought to the surface.’
    • ‘This questions the role upwelling plays in affecting juvenile rockfish condition.’
    • ‘I make the dash, fin downward against an upwelling, and quickly get into position behind another large outcrop of rock.’
    • ‘The increased upwelling initially brings more phosphate to the surface waters, thereby increasing productivity.’
    • ‘As the winds switched to an equatorward direction, coastal upwelling ensued and the Columbia plume was replaced by cold, salty water nearshore.’
    • ‘Along the Oregon coast, upwelling occurs when spring winds consistently push warmer surface water offshore.’
    • ‘When an El Niño begins, the patterns of winds and ocean upwellings change, and these changes affect weather around the world.’
    • ‘These treatments simulated water temperatures that organisms would experience on the Oregon coast during summers with either very intense upwelling or no upwelling, respectively.’
    • ‘This overall process varies locally, particularly in areas with a high degree of upwelling that brings nutrients from deep waters and fuels faster than normal surface-water productivity.’
    • ‘We suggest that the Atlantic basin is more efficient than the Pacific in its production for the same degree of upwelling.’
    • ‘Studies off northwest Africa found they favor areas where the seabed slopes steeply, creating strong currents and upwellings, which tend to support higher prey densities.’
    • ‘Wind patterns can predict ocean currents like the upwellings that fostered plankton, a clue to today's oil deposits.’


  • (especially of emotion) building up or gathering strength.

    • ‘upwelling grief’