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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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What is wave refraction, and how is it related to the shape of the coastline?

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The wave refraction and the way in which it is related to the shape of the coastlines.

Explanation

Ocean waves are the energy waves that are traveling along the interface between the ocean and atmosphere. Wind is the major source of energy which shapes up and modifies the shorelines.

The term wave refraction is used for the bending of waves. The shore is oriented parallel to the ocean waves. Initially, most of the waves move toward the shore at an angle. When they reach the sloppy bottom, they bend and become parallel to the shore...

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