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Maelstrom - a large, swirling body of water. A free vortex with considerable downdraft.There are few stories of large ships ever being sucked into a maelstrom, although smaller craft are in danger and tsunami or sinkhole-generated maelstroms may even threaten larger craft.

And You divided the sea before them, So that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; And their persecutors You threw into the deep, As a stone into the mighty waters. Nehemiah 9:11

from Condé Nast Traveler

Mind-Blowing Surf Shots for International Surfing Day - Photos

This happens when one or more wave catches up with the one making beach fall and you get a stacked effect.

We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;— World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems. • Arthur O'Shaughnessy, "Ode," 1874

from The Science Penguin

Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition Notebook Photos

Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition Notebook Photos: Water, Waves, and Ice Fold-up and Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition Sort