Waves (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

Waves (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

Fredric Raichlen


Sitting at the seashore on a sunny summer season day, we benefit from the regular increase and retreat of the waves. within the water, enthusiastic waders leap and shriek with excitement whilst a wave hits them. yet the place do those waves come from? How are they shaped and why do they holiday at the shore? In Waves, Fredric Raichlen lines the evolution of waves, from their iteration within the deep ocean to their results at the coast. He explains, in a manner that's easily comprehensible to nonscientists, either the technological know-how of waves themselves and the know-how that may be used to guard us opposed to their extra severe kinds, together with hurricanes and tsunamis. After delivering a simple definition of waves and explaining the mechanics of wind-wave iteration, Raichlen describes how waves shuttle, how they shoal (rise), how they holiday, and the way they rework in alternative routes. He is going directly to describe, between different issues, the advanced sun-Earth-moon mixtures that create astronomical tides (the low and high tides that happen day-by-day and predictably); the results of waves at the seashore, together with rip currents and seashore erosion, and on harbors and delivery; and the development of breakwaters to guard harbors and bays. He discusses hurricanes, hurricane surges, and hurricane-generated waves. He bargains a short heritage of tsunamis, together with Sumatra's in 2004 and Japan's in 2011, and explains the mechanisms that generate them (including earthquakes, landslides, and volcanoes). Waves will be little ripples that lap peacefully on the shore or titanic tsunamis that damage every little thing of their paths. Describing the technological know-how underlying this fantastic kind, Waves bargains a distinct type of seashore reading.

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