What Causes Ocean Waves?


Waves are usually caused by the wind blowing over the surface of the ocean. The waves within the ocean can also be caused by tides, interactions between waves, submarine earthquakes or volcanic activity, and atmospheric disturbances (storms). The size of the wave depends on wind speed, wind duration, and the distance of water over which the wind blows
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Winds cause waves to occur in the ocean. Small winds cause small waves and large winds cause large waves. Waves move vertically through water.
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