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waves and wave formation


Differences from wave to wave are nearly infinite, but the basic principles of wave formation and travel are constant: storm winds blow across the ocean surface and create a transfer of energy into the water; the energy is parceled, stored, organized, and rhythmically broadcast into surrounding oceans and seas until reaching shallow water (usually a coastline, often thousands of miles distant from the storm source) and releasing the energy as breaking waves. Waves are captivating not just to ...