Tuesday, April 4, 2006


Record ocean waves are recorded

`British scientists report observing some of the largest waves ever measured — reportedly so big, some computer models indicate they shouldn’t even exist.

The observations occurred Feb. 8, 2000, aboard the Royal Research Ship Discovery during a scientific expedition to the North Atlantic, 155 miles west of Scotland, when a series of gigantic waves hammered the vessel. [..]

The Discovery’s crew witnessed waves of up to 95 feet from trough to crest — the highest waves ever measured by a scientific instrument on the open sea, according to an article the scientists published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

The new data may be troubling for shipbuilders, said der Spiegel, since the scientists’ data suggest giant waves may be much more common than has been thought.’

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