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Study of Giant South China Sea Internal Waves Provides First-Ever View of Their Entire Life Cycle

Emerging science could revise sea-level rise predictions, improve undersea navigation, and revolutionize understanding of how nutrients reach coastal marine ecosystems

May 05, 2015
Embargoed By:  Nature 10 A.M., U.S. PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME, MAY 6, 2015

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South China Sea internal waves seen from space. Photo: NASA and Global Ocean Associates

An international research team that included physical oceanographers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, characterized for the first time the entire life cycle of internal ocean waves that can reach 500 meters (1,600 feet) in height before breaking.

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