OCEAN 4 - pacific is much more likely to get monster waves...

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Class 4 Big Bad Table for wind waves Importance of fetch, duration, and Fully Developed Sea- Wind has to blow at a fetch of 1630 miles, with wind at 58MPH for 70 hours, anything less and there won’t be a fully developed sea Waves above and Below the fully-developed sea curve- Waves below the curve mean there is not enough fetch and waves above mean they were created elsewhere, waves are bigger in pacific because winds have a lot of distance the gain and there are almost no waves in Atlantic ocean because there is no fetch Typical wave pattern in Pacific- Waves travel from storms near the poles to land in the Pacific Ocean,
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Unformatted text preview: pacific is much more likely to get monster waves because it is much bigger across so there a greater fetch Velocity of wave motion (wave velocity versus set velocity)- Wave moves at .57 the rate of the wind speed Pattern of wave motion in deep water- Depth of wave is ½ the wavelength so underneath that water is almost motionless Pattern of waves along a shoreline- As the waves reach the shoreline the water that is within the depth of half the wavelength starts to build higher and break...
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course GEOS 212 taught by Professor George during the Fall '08 term at Arizona.

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