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October 25, 2013

 

Photo of a theme park ride called Riptide

How Rip Tides Got a Bad Rap

Rip tides have taken on mythical proportions as killer waves.

July 23, 2010

 

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Breezy Summer Beaches

Ever wonder why it is breezy at the beach in summer?

February 2, 2009

 

Black volcanic sand beach

The Geology of Sand

Most grains of sand originally started as part of a larger rock.

July 30, 2006

 

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Tidal Lake

Why don't lakes have tides as well? To answer this question, we need first to explore what causes ocean tides.

July 22, 2005

 

Why Wet Sand Sticks

Your five-year-old knows when it comes to building sand castles at the beach, wet sand is much better than dry. If you fill your bucket with dry sand and turn it over, you’re likely to end up with a tumbled ruin, not a proud tower or turret. Any junior civil engineer will tell you to use damp sand from the water’s edge to construct proper parapets. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

March 31, 2005

 

Whitecap or Woosh?

Anyone who loves the beach can tell you about the distinctive sound of the ocean hitting the sand: Woooosh. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 16, 2004

 

Summer Breeze, Makes Me Feel Fine

Why is it always breezy at the beach? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Wave Pools

For those lucky enough to live on either coast, going to the beach and frolicking in the ocean waves is a favorite summertime activity. Faced with the reality of an oceanless existence, inhabitants of the landlocked, flyover states came up with the ultimate substitute: the wave pool.

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