Physics Girl

How science explains monster waves

Season 1 Episode 23 | 5m 49s

Rogue waves - enormous, spontaneous surface waves in the open ocean - were once the tall tales of sailors. They are waves that reach 2-3x taller than the largest average waves in the area, reaching heights of 100ft. With the help of a ESA satellite survey, the scientific community now accepts they happen frequently. What causes rogue waves?

Aired: 09/04/16

Rating: NR

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