Well, what is a wave: A wave is an undulating
(rolling and falling) disturbance that moves
across the sea surface.
Now, waves form and
dissipate (go away) as a result of disturbing
forces: The most common disturbing force is energy
transferred to the sea surface by the wind. Other
disturbing forces could be earthquakes,
landslides, and volcano eruptions. They can
trigger very large waves like
Waves are complicated phenomena.
For example, when a wave travels, it propagates
energy but there is no real transfer of
The wave size depends on the wind speed,
the length of time that the wind blows and the
distance over which wind and water interact.
Obviously, the faster and longer the wind blows,
the bigger the waves and the more energy they possess.
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