• Most ocean waves are caused by winds.
  • Once the wave starts, it doesn't need more wind to keep it going.
  • The energy of a wave may travel for thousands of miles.
  • A wave that travels across miles of ocean is traveling energy, not water.
  • The size of an ocean wave depends on how fast, over how great a distance, and how long the wind blows.
  • Some of the biggest waves occur with hurricanes.
  • Learning how they are generated can tell scientists a great deal about how the ocean creates waves and especially large waves.
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