Naturalists at Large: Marine waves tides

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Naturalists at Large: Marine waves tides

  1. 1. Ocean Waves and Tides
  2. 2. Waves• A Wave is a rhythmic movement that carries energy through matter or space.• In oceans, waves move through seawater
  3. 3. WavesCaused by:• Wind• Earthquakes• Gravitational force of the Moon and Sun.
  4. 4. Parts of a Wave• Crest – highest point of a wave• Trough – lowest point of a wave• Wave Height – vertical distance between the crest and the trough• Wavelength – horizontal distance between two crests or two troughs
  5. 5. Wavelength Crest Wave Height Still Water TroughWave Parts
  6. 6. Wave Movement• When a wave passes through the ocean, individual water molecules move up and down but they do not move forward or backward.
  7. 7. Wave Movement• When a wave breaks against the shore, the crest outruns the trough and the crest collapses.• Called a breaker.• In this case, water does move forward and backward.
  8. 8. Waves Caused by Wind• When wind blows across a body of water, friction causes the water to move along with the wind.• Wave Height depends on – – Wind speed – Distance over which the wind blows – Length of time the wind blows
  9. 9. Tides• The rise and fall in sea level is called a tide.• Caused by a giant wave.• One low-tide/high-tide cycle takes about 12 hrs and 25 min.• Tidal range is the difference in ocean level between high-tide and low-tide
  10. 10. What is the Tidal Range?• HT = 30 ft, LT = 20 ft• HT = 20 ft, LT = 12 ft• HT = 50 ft, LT = 20 ft
  11. 11. Gravitational Effect of the Moon• Two big bulges of water form on the Earth: – one directly under the moon – another on the exact opposite side• As the Earth spins, the bulges follow the moon.
  12. 12. Gravitational Effect of the Sun• Spring Tides – Earth, Moon, and Sun are lined up – High Tides are higher and Low Tides are lower than normal
  13. 13. Gravitational Effect of the Sun• Neap Tides – Earth, Moon, and Sun form right angles – High Tides are lower and Low Tides are higher than normal
  14. 14. The End

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