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Name: Anonymous
Status: Student
Grade: 6-8
Location: IL
Country: United States
Date: November 2007


Question:
Why are the waves in Hawaii and Australia so big?



Replies:
Ocean waves are made by the wind blowing across the water. The more constant the winds and the farther they get to blow over the water, the bigger the waves. I both places you mentioned the winds blow all the time and they blow over a long distance. That is why the waves are so large.

R. Avakian



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