Science: Skyscrapers At Sea

Men familiar with the sea know that when towering waves roll past a ship with their crests above the observer and their troughs yawning below, they are likely to look twice as big as they really are. Consequently mariners and seasoned ocean travelers were last week discussing excitedly the carefully documented measurements of prodigious waves in the Pacific reported by Lieut.-Commander Ross Palmer Whitemarsh in U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings for August.

Leaving aside water walls of earthquake origin, skyscraper waves are piled up by steady gales blowing over a great expanse of deep sea....

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