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Surf's up.

In "Worldly Waves" (p. 8), you learned that storms produce swells that eventually turn into surfing waves. The strength of the wind affects the height of waves. The map below shows wave heights around the Hawaiian Islands. Study the map to answer the questions that follow. Be sure to answer in complete sentences.

1. Which islands are experiencing the highest waves?

2. What is tile range of the wave heights off the city of Honolulu?

3. Where in Maul might you find waves that are 2 meters tall?

4. Where would you go if you want to surf on waves that are 21 feet tall?

5. Which island is nearest to 22[degrees] N, 159[degrees] W?

6. The larger the ocean waves, the closer they are to the storm. In what direction would you travel from Hilo to find the storm that's causing the waves around the Hawaiian Islands?

1. Kauai and Niihau are experiencing the highest waves.

2. The range of the wave heights off the city of Honolulu is between 6 and 9 meters (20 and 30 feet).

3. You might find waves that are 2 meters tall along the southeast coast of Maui--the coast facing the Alenuihaha Channel4.

4. To surf on waves that are 21 feet tall, you'd head to the coast of Molokai--except its east and southeast coasts. You'd also go to the coast of Oahu

5. Kauai is nearest to 22[degrees] N, 159[degrees] W.

6. From Hilo, you would travel northwest to find the storm that's causing the waves.
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Title Annotation:wind affects surfing
Publication:Science World
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Geographic Code:1U9HI
Date:May 8, 2006
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