Ever since I was young I have been fascinated with waves! I could sit for hours watching them. I guess it’s also why I love to surf and just be around the ocean.
To me it also shows the awesome power of nature created by my God!
These are just some of the many many images I have of waves. They are mostly just images of waves with a few images of surfers. I will in a later post feature surfing.
From the smallest shore dumpers to the point breaks that I love to surf.
It’s always a difficult thing for me!!……Do I surf when it’s good or take photographs of it?
‘Waves are the forward movement of the ocean’s water due to the oscillation of water particles by the frictional drag of wind over the water’s surface.
Waves have crests (the peak of the wave) and troughs (the lowest point on the wave). The wavelength, or horizontal size of the wave, is determined by the horizontal distance between two crests or two troughs. The vertical size of the wave is determined by the vertical distance between the two. Waves travel in groups called wave trains.
Waves can vary in size and strength based on wind speed and friction on the water’s surface or outside factors such as boats. The small wave trains created by a boat’s movement on the water are called wake. By contrast, high winds and storms can generate large groups of wave trains with enormous energy.
In addition, undersea earthquakes or other sharp motions in the seafloor can sometimes generate enormous waves, called tsunamis (inappropriately known as tidal waves) that can devastate entire coastlines.
Finally, regular patterns of smooth, rounded waves in the open ocean are called swells. Swells are defined as mature undulations of water in the open ocean after wave energy has left the wave generating region. Like other waves, swells can range in size from small ripples to large, flat-crested waves.’
An excerpt from Waves at about.com
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