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inertial wave

(type of wave in a rotating fluid)

An inertial wave is a type of wave that can occur in a rotating fluid, in which the restoring force is the Coriolis force. They are present in the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and may well occur in the Earth's core. They are relevant to disks (e.g., protoplanetary disks) and to the interior of gas planets. Rossby waves are an example of inertial waves.


(dynamics,wave)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inertial_wave

Referenced by pages:
tidal Q

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