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Name: Lot 
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Grade: 6-8
Location: CA
Country: United States
Date: January 2009

How does wind affect water waves?


Most waves in the open ocean are produced by wind. The greater the wind speed is, the higher the wave heights are, normally.

Waves breaking onto the shore are produced by tides; these onshore tide waves can made higher by wind blowing onto the shore but may not be made much smaller by wind blowing from shore onto the water.

David R. Cook
Argonne National Laboratory

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