Ruffalo, who plays his brother, is great as the steady hand amid a maelstrom of emotion. I directed the 15th episode, which was right in the middle of a maelstrom of shooting and cutting The Divide. In the midst of this maelstrom came a strange and determinedly anachronistic new novel by William Goldman. Had the election been close there, a maelstrom of litigation would have made us pine for hanging chads and Katherine Harris.
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Maelstrom , Norwegian Moskenstraumen or Moskstraumen , marine channel and strong tidal current of the Norwegian Sea , in the Lofoten islands, northern Norway. About 5 miles 8 km wide, alternating in flow between the open sea on the west and Vest Fjord on the east, the current may reach a speed of 7 miles 11 km per hour with the changing of the tides, but the sea becomes calm in the moments when the tide switches direction. Strong local winds make the passage additionally dangerous. The word maelstrom entered the English language via the fiction of the French novelist Jules Verne and the American short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe , who exaggerated the current of the channel into a great whirlpool; the word in English designates a large, fatal whirlpool , engulfing vessels and men, or a figurative application of the idea. Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree
A whirlpool is a body of rotating water produced by opposing currents or a current running into an obstacle. More powerful ones in seas or oceans may be termed maelstroms. Vortex is the proper term for a whirlpool that has a downdraft. In narrow ocean straits with fast flowing water, whirlpools are often caused by tides. Many stories tell of ships being sucked into a maelstrom, although only smaller craft are actually in danger. Large cataracts , such as Niagara Falls , produce strong whirlpools. The Maelstrom of Saltstraumen is earth's strongest Maelstrom.