Extreme Waves

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National Academies Press, 2006 - Science - 291 pages
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"Extreme Waves is a science and history of waves. Covering both the headline stories as well as incidents that are less well-known but equally startling, Craig Smith, author and amateur sailor, will keep you riveted from the first chapter to the last."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Smith, an experienced engineer and ocean sailor, covers the physics of waves and the effect on people of "extreme waves," those "greater than 2.2 to 2.4 times the significant wave." He focuses on the ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Calm Sea
11
2 The Four Winds and Waves
25
3 Over the Bounding Main
47
4 Tempests and StormTossed Seas
71
5 Swell
110
Tsunami
127
7 The Southeast Asia Tsunami of December 26 2004
148
8 A Confused Sea
164
Appendixes
247
Appendix B Units of Measure and Conversion Factors
251
Appendix C Glossary of Special Terms
253
Endnotes
256
Annotated Bibliography
269
Permissions and Credits
275
Acknowledgments
277
Index
281

9 Freaks Rogues and Giants
184
Are Ships Safe Enough?
216
11 Davy Joness Locker
226
Plates
293
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