NASA has just released images of Earth’s largest waves from space

They’re waves so big they can be seen from space — and NASA just released satellite imagery of this lesser-known natural phenomenon. The agency has captured the world’s “tallest, longest, fastest and heaviest waves” from around the globe, and even if you’re not a surfer, it’s an interesting look at how our planet works. Read on to find out more.

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NASA revealed the images taken by satellites a video. They record the highest waves on earth smashing against the coast of Portugal and the fastest waves crashing into Hawaii. The world’s tallest and longest waves have also been recorded – in Tahiti and Peru, respectively. Read on to learn more and watch the video.

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“There are some places where these waves are so awesome they can be seen from space,” says the video’s narrator. “With the wide perspective of satellites, we can see these iconic waves evolving into the tallest, longest, fastest and heaviest in the world.” In Hawaii, for example, off the coast of Maui, summer storms create extremely fast waves known as “cargo trains.” This is caused by the “dramatic transition of the sea floor from deep water to shallow water”.

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In Portugal, “waves are magnified and focused by a deep underwater canyon that ends in Nazaré Bay,” says the video’s narrator. The waves can also get their hit from distant storms. A Portuguese surfer reportedly rode a wave more than 100 feet tall.

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Tahiti is known as a remote getaway, and its distance from other land creates some great waves. “The waves from storms thousands of miles away often move unhindered across the South Pacific towards the south coast,” says the narrator in the video. “These southwest waves carry energy across the deep, open ocean until they crash onto the very shallow reef off Teahupo’o.”

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In Peru, the long waves at Chicama are influenced by the shape of the country, according to NASA. “Waves coming in from the open Pacific Ocean roll almost parallel to this part of the Peruvian coast,” said the video’s narrator. “They start rolling up at a cape that juts out into the Pacific. Then they gradually break at a series of four points along the coast.” If the conditions are right, surfers in Chicama can ride the waves for minutes. “All of these iconic waves are shaped by the unique characteristics of our oceans and shores,” the agency notes. “There are many other shores with waves that surfers adore. Given the vastness of the earth, there are probably a few more to discover.”

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