19 APR | UPSC Current Affairs | GS 1: Understanding Rogue Waves

Rogue Waves

News: A recent expedition to Antarctica’s southernmost waters revealed that wind plays a significant role in generating massive rogue waves, occurring more frequently than previously known.

Rogue Waves:

    • Rogues, called ‘extreme storm waves’ by scientists, are those waves which are greater than twice the size of surrounding waves.
    • Rogue waves can form in large bodies of freshwater as well as the ocean.
    • They are often steep-sided with unusually deep troughs.
        • The highest surface part of a wave is called the crest, and the lowest part is the trough.
    • They are very unpredictable, and often come unexpectedly from directions other than prevailing wind and waves.
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