Stokes drift

1847

Stokes drift

The book of science

Tom Sharp

George Gabriel Stokes fluid dynamics

Stokes drift

The base of a wave

Consequences

Molecules

Impacts of atoms move oceans. Even though each water molecule prefers sticking with its neighbors, they are easily churned and pushed by the wind while they are pulled toward the center of the earth and around the planet toward the moon. Effects of temperature are huge; air temperature differences move gases from high to low pressure areas, and similar differences move liquids around the continents between polar and equatorial areas.

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