Knothead Posted December 16, 2011 Report Share Posted December 16, 2011 Air tends to rise over land as the land is generally hotter than the ocean. Air tends to drop over the ocean as it cools down again. So there is a permanent cycle of cool air blowing in from the sea, to be heated over land, to rise, to circulate back over the sea again. Waves are formed through wind action. The ocean wind generally blows from the cold ocean to the warm land, forming waves which looks as if they're always aiming for the land. It all depends on the specific local weather system. You can even find waves running parallel to the shore if the wind conditions are such. What I wrote above was merely a generalisation. This is called a sea breeze and a land breeze. http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es1903/es1903page01.cfm I can tell you that in open waters, the waves go which ever way the wind is blowing. Sometimes they go whichever way the wind was blowing yesterday and the day before at the same time. Meaning that they come from different directions. Boy is that uncomfortable. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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