Study Explains Formation of Internal Waves

Study Explains Formation of Internal Waves

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutes in co-ordination with the US Office of Naval Research have been able to solve a long-standing mystery with regard to how the internal waves in oceans in the Southern China Sea are formed.

The study researchers noticed a difference at the time they studied the internal waves. They got to know that internal waves do not follow the general procedure in which they are formed when water meets air.

They follow a different procedure for their formation and that is they form when different layers of water meet. It shall however, be noted that there is difference in density when it comes to under-water and water around the same.

Not only this, temperature of the same also differs. Thomas Peacock, a mechanical engineer at MIT, was of the view that laboratory experiments were carried out in order to know about the internal waves. The internal waves in the Luzon Strait, between Taiwan and the Philippines were studied.

These waves were studied as they are considered to be the most powerful ones ever discovered in the ocean. Study researchers said that waves get generated by the ridge system that is present on that particular area of sea-floor.


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