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Free Content Sea-Level Fluctuations at Charleston, South Carolina

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The relation of daily winds and sea-levels was studied on the southeastern coast of the United States during 10 months in 1951 and 4 months in other years. Several methods were used to eliminate the effect of wind and allow examination of the residual sea-level changes. Daily, weekly, semi-annual, and year-to-year variations were observed. The first three types of variations amounted roughly to 1 foot; year-to-year differences were as great as 0.4 feet. Wind action on the shoal water over the continental shelf brought about the daily fluctuations. The remainder of the variations were derived primarily from the deep water beyond the shelf.

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Publication date: January 1, 1957

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