Dangerous Beauty Of The Nature: The Rare Phenomenon Of Square Waves Was Spotted In France

Planet Earth is rich in natural wonders whose beauty never fails to mesmerize a spectator caught unawares. The majesty of nature is truly inspirational for humans, and we keep looking for the outstanding spots to admire again and again.

One of such spots is the Isle of Rhe, in France, which is only 19 miles long.

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The sea in this area has an unusual wave pattern. In addition to Rhe's idyllic snecery, this is one more reason the place is often swarmed with tourists from Europe and from the rest of the world.

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From the birds-eye perspective, the waves create evenly shaped squares, identical in size.

This magnificent phenomenon occurs because the water of two seas meet at the point. It is called the Cross Sea and, despite its natural beauty, it is extremely dangerous for swimmers and water vehicles.

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Two seas are influenced by different weather systems and have their own distinct air pressure, wind speed and temperature.

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When they interconnect, the waves from one system intrude onto the waves from the other, forming a bizarre pattern on the ocean surface.

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Usually, the crossing causes huge waves, and they look beautiful indeed! Although taking a look and appreciate its beauty is recommended, getting into the water is strictly forbidden. The swirls of the waves and their strength put your life in danger.

The Cross sea makes it hard to navigate the boat either, and it is the frequent reason for ship accidents, as they get stuck between the impending strength of the winds.

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Vessels are also at risk and are better managed when are perpendicular to the wave.

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The square waves may be observed in coastal places everywhere in the world, and they are a startling gift from nature.

Source: DidYouKnowFacts

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