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At the entrance of most beaches, there is a bulletin board with notices about water conditions: maybe a faded sign warning about rip currents and a list of this week's tide tables. Most people...
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We all know that hurricanes can have destructive effects on human communities...
This image shows four tropical storm systems in the Atlantic Ocean basin on...
Using maps and graphics, Smithsonian geologist Dr. Liz Cottrell provides an...

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At the entrance of most beaches, there is a bulletin board with notices about water conditions: maybe a faded sign warning about rip currents and a list of this week's tide tables. Most people pass...
Watch as a team of wave chasers heads to Somoa where they search for an undersea river five kilometers beneath the ocean's surface. There they measured skyscraper-sized internal gravity waves, which...
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