Wind and Water Waves
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,
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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