Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Making waves

Back in April I showed a multibeam bathymetric (sea floor topography) map from offshore Half Moon Bay not too far down the coast from San Francisco.

PopSci has a nice little article talking more about how the underlying structure that produces the sea-floor topography as well as the coastal promontory focus the wave energy toward a point called Mavericks. This has some of the biggest waves on the west coast of North America and hosts an annual surfing competition.

Check out this virtual fly-over animation as well.

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