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rhythmic movement that carries energy through matter or space

surface current

wind-powered ocean current that moves water parallel to Earth's surface


a measure of the amount of salts dissolved in seawater


low area on Earth

Coriolis effect

causes moving air and water to turn left in the southern hemisphere and right in the northern hemisphere due to Earth's rotation


verical circulation in the ocean that brings deep, cold water to the ocean surface

density current

circulation pattern in the ocean that forms when a mass of more dense seawater sinks beneath less dense seawater


highest point of a wave


lowest point of a wave


collapsing ocean wave that forms in shallow water and breaks onto the shore


daily rise and fall in sea level

tidal range

the difference between the level of the ocean at high tide and the level at low tide

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