Man Spots Square Waves on the Ocean and Discovers They Are Extremely Dangerous


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We live on a remarkable planet on which there are loads of geographical phenomena we have never seen before. The beauty of the earth is limitless but what can be beautiful can be extremely dangerous too. Every once in a way, the Earth will throw up some magnificent phenomena warning us paradoxically with something beautiful and letting us know that it isn’t truly ours to misuse.

1The cross square waves at the Isle of Rhe

Take for instance the Isle of Rhe in France. Albeit a popular haunt with tourist and locals alike, the ocean is marked with a unique and incredible pattern of crisscrossing waves making the entire area look like checkered squares waves on a blue board. The square waves denote something even more powerful and dangerous displaying a huge force of nature that we are yet to contemplate with respect.

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2Beautiful but dangerous and perilous


The Isle of Rhe is an island that is 19 miles in length and just 3 miles long. It’s pretty small but marked by incredible beauty. Across the isle one can see this square waves showcasing the criss-cross pattern unlike any islands in the world. The sight is so beautiful it will mesmerize you.

The sight is even more spectacular when viewed from atop the lighthouse on the island. But what exactly are these crisscross wave patterns that are spread over the water surface. It may look beautiful but how dangerous is it?

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3Crisscross sea patterns caused by weather

The Isle of Rhe is situated in an area where two seas meet. This phenomenon is called a cross sea where both seas intersect each other because of different weather patterns. It is the differences in weather that create the unusual square wave patterns across the water. This phenomenon, of course, is what has drawn several tourists and curious onlookers to the site every day.

Crisscross sea patterns caused by weather

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4Visually stunning


The square waves do look visually stunning creating a panoramic display in the water but the area itself is dangerous to say the least. The rip tide created by the phenomenon is so dangerous that no human can negotiate it. Fortunately enough the square waves aren’t a permanent feature and appear periodically which makes the Isle of Rhe relatively safe for tourists.

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