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These transfer heat from tropical to polar regions, distribute nutrients, scatter organisms and influence weather and climate.
Circular flow pattern of water caused by deflection of water by continents and the ocean basin.
Due to the cold temperature of the water, the water molecules are slightly closer together in this region.
Countercurrents beneath surface currents. Can influence conditions at the ocean surface.
In these boundary currents, the flow is from East to West or West to East. They link eastern and western boundary currents.
surface winds drive surface currents, and each layer of water drags the layer below, but the Coriolis Force changes each layer's direction slightly to make a spiral effect
A wave of moving energy in which the wave form moves in one direction along the surface of the transmission medium.
These waves travel though water deeper than 1/20 but shallower than 1/2 their wavelength
These waves have a wavelength greater than 1.73cm. The restoring force is gravity and momentum. Wind waves are one example of these waves.
The length of time the wind blows, the fetch and this are three factors that affect wind wave development.
Maximum ratio of wave height to wavelength seen in the open ocean. Also known as wave steepness.
A result of constructive and destructive interference that is seen on shore when waves do not all appear with a uniform size. Some are larger, some are smaller.
A breaking wave in which the upper section topples forward and away from the bottom, forming an air-filled tube.
The reflection of progressive waves by a vertical barrier. Reflection occurs with little loss of energy.
a wave in which water oscillates without causing progressive wave forward movement. there is no net transmission of energy in a standing wave
the regular rise and fall of the ocean's surface influenced by the moon's gravity pulling on earth
Greek astronomer and navigator who first wrote about the connection between moon and the height of the tide.
A "no-tide" point in an ocean caused by basin resonances, friction, and other factors around which tide crests rotate. About a dozen amphidromic points exist in the world ocean. Sometimes called a node.
A high, often breaking wave generated by a tide crest that advances rapidly up an estuary or river.
water rushing into an enclosed area because of the rise in sea level as a tide crest approaches
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