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Re: would falling into rippling water hurt less than into calm water?

Date: Thu Oct 13 12:56:50 2005
Posted By: Sean Coleman, Undergraduate, Chemistry/Physics, Havant College
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1127421380.Ph

To be honest, you would be dead, but if you could survive the drop, or drop
from a lower height, the rippling water would allow you to break the
surface more easily and break the fall better. You would plunge further
into the water due to the ease of breaking the surface (less potential
energy lost) and this should hurt less.

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