rip current

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Strong, narrow current usually of short duration, flowing seaward from the shore. The presence of a rip current can be detected as a visible band of agitated water flowing seawards, usually as a gap in the line of the incoming waves. Rip currents mark the swift return movement of water piled up on the shore by incoming waves and onshore winds.

Rip current

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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