The Earth is a truly magnificent place. It’s beauty draws our attention and it’s power is always a reminder that this planet is not just ours. Despite all of that, sometimes, its beauty means something downright dangerous ahead. In a very popular tourist destination of Isle of Rhe in France, which is a small island strip just 19 miles long and three miles wide, there happens a specific set of waves that beautifully display the force of nature at its most powerful. If someone ever see square-like patterns forming in the ocean there, it is highly recommended that he should immediately leave the waters as there’s a chance one might lose the life.
There are actually many different types of waves. At the beach, we are used to seeing the fringy type of wave hitting the shoreline. They run from very far behind and hit the shore with a force. People play and enjoy with this very common pattern of waves and this is safe to enjoy with it most of the time.
However, a natural phenomenon, known as "Square waves" or "Cross sea waves" is extremely dangerous. Square waves are created when the wind from one side of the sea continues to move in the same direction and clashes with the wind moving from the opposite side o the sea, which causes the waves made by the new wind to run at an angle, creating a square-like pattern, looking like a chessboard, in the ocean. The pattern is so mesmerizing and beautiful that tourists go to the lighthouse to take a look at the amazing display.
The square waves look completely harmless on the surface, however, they create extremely deadly water currents underwater. Theoretically, square waves have the potential to capsize massive ships, you can say. Although, ships are engineered and designed to hit on waves head-on, but cannot keep afloat if the waves are hitting the ship from multiple angles.
Square waves can be much to sightseers delights but in fact they create extremely dangerous riptides, so it is important to make sure that someone is swimming in the waters when this natural phenomenon takes place. Thankfully, these square waves rarely happen, but it is still important to know what they are and avoid it and learn to appreciate the Earth's wonders a little bit more and more.