The Physics of Ocean Waves
by Michael Twardos
Publisher: SurfLibrary.org 2004
Number of pages: 89
This text is intended to be a general but comprehensive overview on physical phenomena associated with the marine environment. The author provides his own perspective on this field from his particular experiences and training.
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