Types of waves

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  • Types Of Waves
    • Constructive Waves
      • Are responsible for deposition in coastal areas.
        • Swash more powerful than the backwash
          • build beaches
            • As the wave breaks it carries material up the beach in its swash.
              • The beach material will then be deposited as the backwash soaks into the sand or slowly drains away
                • Mostly Occur in summer
                    • They are created in calm weather and are less powerful than destructive waves.
                      • They break on the shore and deposit material, building up beaches.
                        • They have a swash that is stronger than the backwash.
                          • They have a long wavelength, and are low in height.
    • Destructive waves
      • destroy beaches.
        • The waves are usually very high and very frequent
          • As waves continue to hit the beach there is more running water to transport the material out to sea.
          • The back wash has less time to soak into the sand.
            • These are most common in winter
              • As waves continue to hit the beach there is more running water to transport the material out to sea.
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