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Old 09-15-2005, 08:18 PM
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Default How does the ocean make waves?

I want to do a science fair project - how the ocean makes wave - where do I begin?
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you could begin by researching the effects the moon has on the tides. And gravity. Also the way it forms into a wave when it hits shallow water.

Ill try and find some good links.
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I agree with Archenemy that the moon dose cause tides but, waves are made by the moving plates which can cause waves sometimes a distrctive one...
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i think winds too play a part in making waves. another interesting thing about waves can be proved by this experiment
Making Waves

When you look at an ocean wave what do you think is happening in the water below the surface? Is the water moving forward toward the shore?

To find out, you will need:

a small aquarium tank or clear container of similar shape and size
a cork
a small block of wood
masking tape

Fill the tank with water and place the cork in the center. Use the tape to mark the approximate location of the cork on each side of the container. At one end of the tank gently lower and raise a small wooden block in and out of the water to create waves.

How and where did the cork move? Energy in the form of waves move across the cork but the cork itself (and the water) moves in a circular motion. Try it!
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Hi Sciencefreak

Hey, that's really interesting that it moves in a circular motion. Do you mean circular when you're looking from the side of the cork with your eye level at the water level? Or do you mean when you're looking downwards from the top of the cork?

I'm guessing looking from the side.

Cool stuff.
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yeah.. u have to look at it from the side.. did you try it out???
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That's what I figured. No, I haven't tried it out. Joescienceguy might wanna give it a shot though. I vaguely remember doing a project like this in high school (or at least studying a project). I do remember that it moves in circles. Interesting stuff.

Thanks for the contribution.
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another reason why waves are formed ib the ocean is variations in air pressure above the water force gusty winds downward upon the water's surface, displacing the water. In addition, the wind tends to drag water particles along in the direction of its movement—that is, to exert a shearing force.
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yea, but then you need to get into ambient pressure and all that. That is a good point tho

Hopefully this person is in a higher level of school

Let us know how it goes!

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Do you know that the tempreture of the water below and on the surface of the water deepends on the type of waves?

And also the salt levels.............
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