11 terms

GCSE wave features

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Fetch
The distance a wave and the wind blowing on it travels
Constructive waves
Where the backwash is weaker than the swash
Tides
The up and down motion of the sea caused by the pull of the moon
Destructive waves
When Swash is weaker than backwash
Swash
The movement of waves and sediment up a beach
Backwash
The movement of a wave and sediment DOWN a beach
Wave refraction
The bending of waves
Waves
The circular motion of water molecules
Breakers
When a wave turns from a circular orbit to elliptical orbit and breaks
Wave crest
The top of a wave
Wave length
The distance from wave crest to wave crest