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Some places, like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal, produce freakishly huge waves. AP Photo/Armando Franca

What makes the world’s biggest surfable waves?

Some beaches in the world tend to consistently produce huge waves. Places like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal and Mavericks in California are famous for their waves because of the shape of the seafloor.
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One of Australia’s most famous beaches is disappearing, and storms aren’t to blame. So what’s the problem?

Over the past six months, tourists and locals have been shocked to see Byron’s famous Main Beach literally disappearing. Satellite imagery and local knowledge has revealed what’s going on.
Waves in Australia’s southern coasts are likely to get bigger and faster under a warming climate. AAP Image/City of Gold Coast

Climate change may change the way ocean waves impact 50% of the world’s coastlines

A warming climate will affect the way waves hit over 50% of the world’s coastlines, increasing erosion and the risk of flooding.
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Curious Kids: why are there waves?

Waves occur in all sorts of places, and it’s possible that waves you might see breaking at the beach are at the end of a very long journey.

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