Story: Ocean currents and tides

Internal waves

Internal waves

Changes in the ocean’s surface roughness, detected in this satellite image, show large internal wave fronts approaching the Poor Knights Islands, off the north-east coast of the North Island. Internal waves occur along the boundary of warm and cool bodies of water.

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Craig Stevens and Stephen Chiswell, 'Ocean currents and tides - Flows on the continental shelf', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Craig Stevens and Stephen Chiswell, published 12 Jun 2006