GCSE Geography - Coasts (The action of Waves)

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What happens in order to form a wave?
Winds blow over the water, causing friction. The friction then causes a swell, which, as the wind causes particles to rotate, causes the wave to move forwards
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What Factors can influence the size and energy of a wave?
1.) How long the wind has been blowing, 2.) The strength of the wind, 3.) The fetch of the wave (distance it has travelled)
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What is 'swash'
When a wave breaks and water moves up the beach
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What is 'backwash'
When the water moves back down the beach
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What is the difference between a destrucitve and constructive wave?
A constructive wave has a stronger backwash than swash and a destructive wave has a stronger swash than backwash
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What Factors can influence the size and energy of a wave?

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1.) How long the wind has been blowing, 2.) The strength of the wind, 3.) The fetch of the wave (distance it has travelled)

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What is 'swash'

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What is 'backwash'

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What is the difference between a destrucitve and constructive wave?

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