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written by Carl Rod Nave
This webpage, from Hyperphysics, provides a detailed explanation of how waves form in the ocean. A series of diagrams show how the water moves as a wave passes by. The site shows how a water wave's speed depends on wavelength, and how the shape of a wave depends on its amplitude. A description of why waves break on a beach is included.
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- Geoscience
Waves and Pendula
- Wave Motion
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Image credit: Malene Thyssen (Creative Commons); Image source; larger image This resource was a Physics To Go feature from August 1, 2010 until August 16, 2010. View the feature here!

Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2007 C.R. Nave, 2006
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Keywords: wave speed, waves
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Record Updated: Aug 10, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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C. Nave, Ocean Waves (2007), <>.
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Nave, C. (2005, March 21). Ocean Waves. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from
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