Rip Currents on a Cornish Beach

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RIP currents have been measured at Holywell in West Cornwall, where a sandy beach is open to waves and swells from the Atlantic. A rip current is a narrow streak of water which flows seawards from the beach; it carries the return flow of the general shorewards transport of water produced by the breaking of waves. Such currents cause many bathing fatalities each year.

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DRAPER, L., DOBSON, P. Rip Currents on a Cornish Beach. Nature 206, 1249 (1965) doi:10.1038/2061249a0

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