Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wow Waves

I am consistently humbled by the power and beauty of nature.  Behold, some of the world's most beautiful waves....

While it appears that the water is moving forward, only a very small amount of water is actually moving.  Instead, it is the wave's energy that is moving and since water is a flexible medium for energy transfer, it looks like the water itself is moving.  In the open ocean, the friction moving the waves generates energy within the water.  This energy is then passed between water molecules in ripples called waves of transition. When the water molecules receive the energy, they move forward slightly and form a circular pattern.

How radical is that?!


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