The cause of many currents and water patterns such as the gulf stream are the effects of the Earth’s spinning. According to Sir Issac Newton and the Coriolis effect, the rotation of the Earth along with its distance from the sun and moon affect the movement of the oceans and tides. Accordingly, storms, underwater volcanic activity and plate movement also affect the size and severity of waves and currents.
The wind causes waves on the surface of the ocean (and on lakes) by transferring a portion of its energy to the water surface. Stronger winds cause stronger waves.
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