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Flashcards - Characteristics of Ocean Water, Currents & Waves

Flashcards - Characteristics of Ocean Water, Currents & Waves
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beach
A beach is a landform along a body of water
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barrier island
Barrier islands are coastal landforms and a type of dune system that are exceptionally flat or lumpy areas of sand that form by wave and tidal action parallel to the mainland coast
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Thermohaline circulation
Thermohaline circulation is a part of the large-scale ocean circulation that is driven by global density gradients created by surface heat and freshwater fluxes
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salinity
Salinity is the saltiness or dissolved salt content of a body of water
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salinity
Salinity is the saltiness or dissolved salt content of a body of water
Thermohaline circulation
Thermohaline circulation is a part of the large-scale ocean circulation that is driven by global density gradients created by surface heat and freshwater fluxes
barrier island
Barrier islands are coastal landforms and a type of dune system that are exceptionally flat or lumpy areas of sand that form by wave and tidal action parallel to the mainland coast
beach
A beach is a landform along a body of water
headland
A headland is a coastal landform, a point of land usually high and often with a sheer drop, that extends out into a body of water
sand dunes
In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by wind or the flow of water
tsunami
A tsunami , also known as a seismic sea wave, is a series of waves in a water body caused by the displacement of a large volume of water, generally in an ocean or a large lake
earthquake
An earthquake is the perceptible shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves
high tide
Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun and the rotation of the Earth

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