# Which statement describes a surface wave?

## Which statement describes a surface wave?

Terms in this set (21) Which statement describes a surface wave? A surface wave is a wave that moves along the interface of two different materials, like air and water.

## What is an example of a surface wave?

In physics, a surface wave is a mechanical wave that propagates along the interface between differing media. A common example is gravity waves along the surface of liquids, such as ocean waves. Elastic surface waves can travel along the surface of solids, such as Rayleigh or Love waves.

## How do you start a surface wave?

In shallow water close to shore, waves start to drag on the bottom of the water. The bottoms—but not the tops—of the wave slow down because of friction. This causes the waves to steepen until they break and fall over, carrying water onto the shore as surf.

## What is the difference between P waves S waves and L waves?

Surface waves can only travel on the surface of the earth….Difference between s waves and p waves.

P waves S waves
Can move through solids and liquids Can only move through solids
Shake the medium in the direction in which they are propagating Shake the medium in the direction perpendicular to which they are moving

## How do Rayleigh waves move?

Rayleigh Waves—surface waves that move in an elliptical motion, producing both a vertical and horizontal component of motion in the direction of wave propagation. Particle motion consists of elliptical motions (generally retrograde elliptical) in the vertical plane and parallel to the direction of propagation.

## What are rolling Rayleigh waves?

Rayleigh waves, also known as ground roll, spread through the ground as ripples, similar to rolling waves on the ocean. Like rolling ocean waves, Rayleigh waves move both vertically and horizontally in a vertical plane pointed in the direction in which the waves are travelling.

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