Constructive and Destructive Waves Flashcards

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What factors determine the strength of a wave?

The strength of a wave depends on its fetch (distance over water that the wind has blown), the strength of the wind, and the duration of time the wind has blown.

What is the fetch and why is it important?

The fetch is the distance over water that the wind blows. It influences the size and energy of waves, with a longer fetch typically creating larger, more energetic waves.

What defines a constructive wave?

Constructive waves have a long wavelength, low height, strong swash, weak backwash, and a lower frequency of 6-8 waves per minute, building up beaches by depositing material.

What defines a destructive wave?

Destructive waves have a short wavelength, high height, weak swash, strong backwash, and a higher frequency of 10-12 waves per minute, eroding beaches by pulling material away.

How do constructive waves affect the coastline?

Constructive waves build up beaches by carrying material up onto the beach with their strong swash and leaving it there due to their weak backwash.

How do destructive waves affect the coastline?

Destructive waves erode beaches by pulling material away with their strong backwash and have enough energy to drag it back into the ocean.

What is the difference in frequency between constructive and destructive waves?

Constructive waves have a lower frequency of 6-8 waves per minute, while destructive waves have a higher frequency of 10-12 waves per minute.

What are swash and backwash?

Swash is the movement of water up the beach, and backwash is the movement of water down the beach, back towards the ocean.

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