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1 Ocean Waves and Tides (67)
A wave is a rhythmic movement that carries energy through matter or space.

2 The crest is the highest point of the wave.
The trough is the lowest point of the wave. Wavelength is the horizontal distance between the crests or between the troughs of two adjacent waves. Wave height is the vertical distance between crest and trough. Half the distance of the wave is called the amplitude. The amplitude squared is proportional to the amount of energy the wave carries.

3 Wave Movement Unless the wave is breaking onto shore, the water does not move forward. Each molecule of water returns to near its original position after the wave passes. Only the energy moves forward while the water molecules remain in about the same place.

4 Breakers Near the shoreline, friction with the ocean bottom slows water at the bottom of the wave. As the wave slows, its crest and trough come closer together. The top of a wave, not slowed by friction, moves faster than the bottom. The top of the wave outruns the bottom and it collapses. This collapsing wave is a breaker


6 How Water Forms Waves Wind blows across a body of water, wind energy is transferred to the water. If wind speed is great enough, the water begins to pile up, forming a wave. Height of waves depends on the speed of the wind, the distance over which the wind blows, and the length of time the wind blows. Once set in motion, waves continue moving for long distances, even if the wind stops.

7 Tides The rise and fall in sea level is called tide
A tide is caused by a giant wave produced by the gravitational pull of the Sun and the Moon. As the crest of this wave approaches the shore, sea level appears to rise. This rise in sea level is called high tide. Later, as the trough of the wave approaches, sea level appears to drop. This drop in sea level is referred to as low tide.

8 Tidal Range The tidal range is the difference between the level of the ocean at high tide and low tide.

9 Gravitational Effects of the Moon
Moon and sun contribute to the ocean’s tides. Gravity pulls the ocean water slightly & causes it to bulge out toward the moon. Opposite side of bulge also slightly bulges (due to earth’s rotation). This is where high tide occurs.

10 High high (spring) tide: new and full moons, the moon and sun pull in similar directions (higher than normal tides). High tide: side facing the moon (or directly opposite). Low tide: side facing the sun (or directly opposite). Low low (neap) tide: 1st and 3rd quarter moons, sun and moon pull in opposite directions (lower than normal tides).


12 A(n) __________ is a rhythmic movement that carries energy through matter or space.
A. length B. line C. front D. wave

13 What is half the distance of the wave height called?
A. amplitude B. crest C. frequency D. trough

14 A wave that collapses onto shore is called a _________.
A. breaker B. current C. rip tide D. undertow

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