Water, Waves, and Tides. Chapter 4. Nature of Water. Physical properties of water – water is an excellent solvent Structure of a water molecule A water molecule contains two atoms of _________and one atom of ________
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Salt ions interfere with the formation of hydrogen bonds, so seawater does not have a fixed freezing point.
Oil does not dissolve in water
Coastal upwelling occurs where surface waters away from the coast; surface waters are replaced by water that wells up from below.
Where surface waters move toward the coast, the water piles up and sinks in the process known as coastal downwelling.
Tsunami began with a 9.2 earthquake
Neap tides occur when the moon and sun are at right angles