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1. Where was the disaster that started the science of seismology?

2. What is a wave called which is at least twice as high as the significant wave height?

3. What additional problem is associated with the Tohoku (Fukushima Japan) earthquake and tsunami, other than the usual damage and loss of life?

4. What term is used for water from the ocean pushing it's way up a river when the tide is coming in?

5. What term is used for the highest of the high tides?

6. What causes most waves to form?

7. Which scale is used to measure wind speed?

8. What kind of an angle do the sun, Earth and Moon make during the lowest tides?

9. What kind of wave is caused if a large meteor hits the ocean?

10. What volcano was responsible for the loudest sound ever recorded?


1. What term is used for the zone of the ocean found over the continental shelf?
ANSWER: neritic

2. What is the area of the ocean known as where there is enough light to see, but not to photosynthesize?
ANSWER: dysphotic

3. What geological feature is found along the boundaries of the tectonic plates?
ANSWER: Mid-Ocean ridge

4. What is the highest of the high tides during a lunar cycle is called?
ANSWER: spring tide

5. How many degrees in the angle are there between the Sun Earth and moon when there is a neap tide?
ANSWER: 90 degrees

6. What is the distance between wave crests known as?
ANSWER: wave length

7. Which kind of breaker causes the most damage to the shore line?
ANSWER: surging

8. What is the distance over which the wind blows uninterrupted called?
ANSWER: fetch

9. What evidence is there that shows the continents were once connected and drifted apart over time?
ANSWER: fossil

10. What is the lowest point in the ocean known as?
ANSWER: The Challenger Deep