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Heavy, dark cloud of great vertical depth often with an anvil shaped head, bringing rain.



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DEPTH

The vertical distance from a given water level to the sea bottom. The charted depth is the vertical distance from the tidal datum to the bottom. The least depth in the approach or channel to an area, such as a port or anchorage, governing the maximum draft of vessels that can enter is called the controlling depth.

FALLING TIDE

The portion of the tide cycle between high water and the following low water in which the depth of water is decreasing. Sometimes the term EBB is used as an equivalent, but since ebb refers primarily to horizontal rather than vertical movement, falling tide is considered more appropriate. The opposite is RISING TIDE.

COMB NEPHOSCOPE

A direct-vision nephoscope constructed with a comb (a crosspiece containing equispaced vertical rods) attached to the end of a column 810 feet (2.43 meters) long and supported on a mounting that is free to rotate about its vertical axis; in use, the comb is turned so that the cloud appears to move parallel to the tips of the vertical rods.

RISING TIDE

A tide in which the depth of water is increasing. Sometimes the term FLOOD is used as an equivalent, but since flood refers primarily to horizontal rather than vertical movement RISING TIDE is more appropriate.

ISOSTASY

A supposed equality existing in vertical sections of the earth, whereby the weight of any column from the surface of the earth to a constant depth is approximately the same as that of any other column of equal area, the equilibrium being maintained by plastic flow of material from one part of the earth to another

SHALLOW WATER WAVE

A wave is classified as a shallow water wave whenever the ratio of the depth (the vertical distance of the still water level from the bottom) to the wave length (the horizontal distance between crests) is less than 0.04. Tidal waves are shallow water waves.

THREAD DEPTH

The vertical distance from the root to the crest of the thread.

STATIONARY WAVE

A wave that oscillates without progressing. One-half of such a wave may be illustrated by the oscillation of the water in a pan that has been tilted. Near the axis, which is called the node or nodal line, there is no vertical rise and fall of the water. The ends of the wave are called loops and at these places the vertical rise and fall is at a maximum. The current is maximum near the node and minimum at the loops. The period of a stationary wave depends upon the length and depth of the body of water. A stationary wave may be resolved into two progressive waves of equal amplitude and equal speeds moving in opposite directions. Also called STANDING WAVE.

DECILITER DECOMPRESSION TABLE

A diving guide that lists ascent rates and breathing mixtures to provide safe pressure reduction to atmospheric the shaft. Also known as vertical turbine pump.

HALF-TIDE BASIN

A lock of very large size and usually of irregular shape, the gates of which are kept open for several hours after high tide so that vessels may enter as long as there is sufficient depth over the sill. Vessels remain in the half-tide basin until the ensuing flood tide before they may pass through the gate to the inner harbor. If entry to the inner harbor is required before this time, water must be admitted to the half-tide basin from some external source.

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