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The wake of a slow moving boat
The wake of a slow moving boat
The wakes of two slow-moving boats. The nearer boat has made a striking series of ruler-straight waves. A reflection of this boat's bow wave, from the (unseen) river bank on the left of the picture, cuts back across the view, "passing over" the top of the mast.
The wakes of two slow-moving boats. The nearer boat has made a striking series of ruler-straight waves. A reflection of this boat's bow wave, from the (unseen) river bank on the left of the picture, cuts back across the view, "passing over" the top of the mast.

A wake is the region of turbulence immediately to the rear of a solid body caused by the flow of air or water around the body. The wake of a slow moving boat in the Avon Gorge, Bristol, England. ... The wake of a slow moving boat in the Avon Gorge, Bristol, England. ... The wakes of two slow-moving boats. ... The wakes of two slow-moving boats. ... Turbulent flow around an obstacle; the flow further away is laminar Laminar and turbulent water flow over the hull of a submarine Turbulence in the tip vortex from an airplane wing In fluid dynamics, turbulence or turbulent flow is a flow regime characterized by low momentum diffusion, high momentum convection... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Water (from the Old English word wæter) is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless substance that is essential to all known forms of life and is known also as the most universal solvent. ...


In fluid dynamics, a wake is the region of turbulence around a solid body moving relative to the water, caused by the flow of liquid around the body. The wake leading the body is caused by the compression of the liquid medium by the moving body, and is often called a bow wake when observed preceding a watercraft. As with all wave forms, it spreads outward from the source until its energy is overcome or lost, usually by friction or dispersion. This article or section should be merged with Fluid mechanics Fluid dynamics is the study of fluids (liquids and gases) in motion, and the effect of the fluid motion on fluid boundaries, such as solid containers or other fluids. ... Turbulent flow around an obstacle; the flow further away is laminar Laminar and turbulent water flow over the hull of a submarine Turbulence in the tip vortex from an airplane wing In fluid dynamics, turbulence or turbulent flow is a flow regime characterized by low momentum diffusion, high momentum convection... A liquid will assume the shape of its container. ... A boat is a watercraft, usually smaller than most ships. ... A watercraft is a vehicle designed to float on water for pleasure, exercise (in the case of many small boats) or transportation of people or goods. ... Waveform quite literally means the shape and form of a signal, such as a wave moving across the surface of water, or the vibration of a plucked string. ... Disregard literal sense, merge static friction with this article. ... Dispersion can mean any of several things: A phenomenon that causes the separation of a wave into components of varying frequency. ...


Wakes are occasionally used recreationally. Swimmers, people riding personal watercraft, and aquatic mammals such as dolphins, can ride the leading edge of a wake.


In science fiction the term wake is also used to refer to the residue effect caused by faster than light travel. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


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A wake behind a ferry (Baltic Sea)
Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 159 KB) en: A wake behind a ferry (Baltic Sea). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 159 KB) en: A wake behind a ferry (Baltic Sea). ... The Pride of Burgundy, a P&O Ferries car ferry on the Dover-Calais route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and sometimes their vehicles, on short-distance, scheduled services. ... The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, bounded by the Scandinavian Peninsula, the mainlands of Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, and the Danish islands. ...

 
 

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