Science: Wave Warning

What are the wild waves saying? For one thing, they may be warning of a storm 5,000 miles away. Last week Britain's Dr. George Edward Raven Deacon told a symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences how he makes waves spill their secrets.

Sunk on the ocean floor off Pendeen,

Cornwall, Dr. Deacon has an instrument that continuously measures the weight of water above it. As the waves sweep in from the North Atlantic, it records them all—big & little—on a strip of paper. Dr. Deacon studies the strip at his leisure. The ordinary visible waves do not interest him much. What...

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