The Many Waves and How They Interact in the Ocean

As long as there has been an earth, the moving masses of air that we call winds have swept back and forth across its surface. And as long as there has been an ocean, its waters have stirred to the passage of the winds. Most waves are the result of the action of wind on water. There are exceptions, such as the tidal waves sometimes produced by earthquakes under the sea. But the waves most of us know best are the wind waves.

It is a confused pattern that the waves make in the open sea--a mixture of countless different wave trains, intermingling, overtaking, passing, or sometimes engulfing one another; each group differing from the others in the place and manner of its origin, in its speed, its direction of movement; some doomed never to reach any shore, others destined to roll across half an ocean before they dissolve in thunder on a distant beach.


There are so many types of waves, of different origins, traveling for miles, interacting with one another, crossing paths, opposing and reinforcing one another.

Folksonomies: nature

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 The Sea Around Us
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Carson, Rachel L. (1951), The Sea Around Us, Oxford University Press, New York, Retrieved on 2010-11-30
Folksonomies: nature


23 JAN 2013

 Natural History in Waves

The Many Waves and How They Interact in the Ocean > Similarity > The Rhythms of Nature
Carson and Barell observing the waves in nature.
23 JAN 2013

 More Than Two Kinds of Waves

The Universe is Made Up of Two Kinds of Waves > Contrast > The Many Waves and How They Interact in the Ocean
Jeans puts waves into two categories of matter and radiation, but Carson's waves of the ocean fall into neither category, but are waves of mass and velocity.
Folksonomies: perspectives taxonomy waves
Folksonomies: perspectives taxonomy waves
23 JAN 2013

 Feynman's and Carson's Waves

The Many Waves and How They Interact in the Ocean > Example/Illustration > Richard Feynman Describes the Waves Running Through Our Environment
Carson describes the waves of the ocean and their complex interactions, while Feynman describes a world of waves.