Chapter

Wave Energy

E. C. Pielou

in The Energy of Nature

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780226668062
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226668055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.003.0017
Wave Energy

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Waves of various kinds account for much of the energy of nature; indeed, they account for most of the energy we experience with our senses. All that we see comes to us as light waves and all that we hear as sound waves, and much of the warmth we feel comes as radiant heat. No wave can travel forever and all are eventually dissipated, their energy degraded to entropy. In the context of energy, every kind of wave inspires two questions: How do they originate? And how are they dissipated? This chapter discusses sound waves and seismic waves.

Keywords: sound waves; seismic waves; wave energy

Chapter.  4039 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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