By the time a wave reaches shore, it may have travelled tens of thousands of kilometres.
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There's much more to waves than the part you see at the beach.
Waves in Australia’s southern coasts are likely to get bigger and faster under a warming climate.
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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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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.
Waves can be generated in lakes and other bodies of water when seismic energy travels through land.
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If you've never heard of a form of wave called a 'seiche' – which can occur in swimming pools during earthquakes – this is your chance to catch up.
Watch out, currents about.
It's good to know how currents are formed in the ocean, as they can be quite dangerous!
Hokusai’s great wave, woodcut, c.1829-33.
Recreating freak waves can tell us a lot about the nature of the sea.
Waves lap against the shore on the south coast of England and the North coast of France – but the answer to this puzzle is in the wind and the land, not the waves themselves.
Like big waves? Thanks to surf forecasting, you’ll know when and where to find them.
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Walter Munk might be the most under-appreciated man in surfing, but he is a big deal in ocean science. If you've ever checked a surf forecast before paddling out, you have him to thank.
Artist’s conception of two merging black holes, spinning in a nonaligned fashion.
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These ripples in the very fabric of the universe were hypothesized by Einstein a century ago. Now scientists have detected them for the third time in a year and a half – ushering in a new era in astrophysics.
Australia has some of the world’s best ocean energy resources.
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Australia has the world's largest wave energy resource – so how do we unlock our ocean's potential?
Amatrice’s clock tower has survived quakes across the centuries.
Amatrice's still-standing ancient clocktower has become an iconic image from last week's deadly earthquake. But it is not the only unusual survivor.
Bathers on Perranporth beach in Cornwall stay in the safe area marked by lifeguards, with large rip currents visible to either side.
Knowing how rip currents form and how to spot them could save your life.
Damaged property in Sydney following recent wild weather.
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Wild seas have left beaches eroded and houses close to collapse.
Climate change isn't the only thing making sea levels higher and cyclones more intense.
We find them at the beach, in every sound and light show, the miracle of wi-fi and now in the fabric of space-time itself. But what exactly is a wave?
A huge float called an ‘actuator’ is lowered into the water off the Perth coast.
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Australia's first large-scale wave energy project is online off the coast of Perth. As Hugh Wolgamot writes, it's a promising development, but technological challenges remain.
Don’t fear losing that ball, the waves will bring them back.
You would normally expect objects that float in water to move in the same direction as waves. But now we can force floating objects to move in the opposite direction. This unexpected effect nicknamed a…
The Pasha Bulker ran aground near Newcastle in 2007 during an East Coast Low.
A warmer climate is likely to result in fewer large waves along Australia’s central east coast, according to Bureau of Meteorology research that predicts a decline in the frequency of storms known as East…
Changing waves and currents can keep fish on the move.
Have you ever been snorkelling or scuba diving on a windy day when there are lots of waves? Did you notice how much that flow of water against your body affected your ability to swim and control your movements…
New research shows fish may spend more energy under climate change. Big waves are energetically costly for fish, and with…