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Re: What is the 'white part' of a water wave

Date: Fri Sep 3 15:24:19 1999
Posted By: John Balbach, Post-doc/Fellow, Physics, National Institutes of Health
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 933099684.Es

Ms. Deeker,

The "white part" of a wave is froth.  A water wave tends to churn the 
water and mixes in air bubbles.  You can also see this effect with powerful 
fountains.  The effect is easier to produce if the water is not pure, and 
seawater is anything but pure, particularly near the shore.

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