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Tsunamis, unlike wind-generated water waves, can have a wavelength in excess of 100 km and a period in excess of one hour. Tsunamis can travel great, transoceanic distances with limited energy losses, causing catastrophic results when they reach a shoreline. This web site provides a set of simple tutorials on the physics of tsunamis. Each tutorial is presented in clear, straightforward language, with multiple animations and simulations to depict how these destructive waves originate and propagate.
This item is part of a larger set of resources on tsunamis developed and maintained by the Earth and Space Sciences project at the University of Washington.
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Types of Mechanical Waves
One way to get students excited about wave energy is to study tsunamis. How can a wave that is barely visible to a ship at sea become so destructive upon reaching a shoreline? This set of tutorials, simple enough for students to understand, explains how these catastrophic wave trains originate and propagate through vast oceanic distances. Each tutorial is accompanied by simulations that model the fundamentals of this phenomenon.Link to Unit:
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