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L9 October-13-12 12:45 AM Environment: The Science behind the stories 380-381 La Niña and El Niño demonstrate the atmosphere-ocean connection  Normal conditions o Prevailing winds blow from east to west along the equator o High pressure in eastern Pacific and low pressure in western Pacific o The winds push surface waters westward, causing water to "pile up" in the western Pacific o The westward-moving surface waters allow cold water to rise up form the deep in a nutrient-rich upwelling along the coast of Peru and Ecuador  El Niño conditions o Air pressure increases in western Pacific and decreases in eastern Pacific
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