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Chapter 13- Ocean Motions- Vocab

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wave
the movement of energy through a body of water
wavelength
the distance between the crest of one wave and the crest of the next wave
frequency
the number of complete waves that pass a given point in a certain amount of time
wave height
the vertical distance from the crest of a wave to the trough
tsunami
a giant wave caused by an earthquake on the ocean floor
longshore drift
the movement of water and sediment down a beach caused by waves coming in to shore at an angle
rip current
a rush of water that flows rapidly back to sea through a narrow opening in a sandbar
groin
a wall made of rocks or concrete that is built outward from a beach to reduce erosion
tides
the daily rise and fall or Earth's waters on its continues
spring tide
a tide with the greatest difference between low and high tides
neap tide
a tide with the least difference between low and high tides
salinity
the total amount of dissolved salts in a water sample
submersible
An underwater vehicle built of strong materials to resist pressure
current
A large stream of moving water that flows through oceans
Coriolis effect
the effect of Earth's rotation on the direction of winds and currents
climate
average, year-after-year conditions of temperature and precipitation in a particular region
El Nino
a climate effect
updwelling
cold water moving upward from the deep ocean caused by wind