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Highest Waves Ever Measured Appear North of Scotland

Waves so huge 'they shouldn't even exist' hammered theresearch vessel Discovery off the coast of Scotland for 12hours. The largest of the waves was a ninety foot monster,and the average wave measured seventy feet in height. Thewaves came with a Force 9 gale (45-50 MPH) but could not beexplained solely by the power of the wind.

Storms had been predicted for February 8, but not recordhigh waves. Scientists believe that they formed because of a"resonance effect" between wind and water, that developedwhen the water mass began moving at the same speed as the wind.

These waves were different from the more familiar freakwaves that can appear without warning on relatively mildseas. The tallest such wave ever recorded was 76 feet. Thesewaves were not only much higher, they persisted for hours.

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