Location: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Headquarters, Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A.

Materials: Granite, water, wave generator (Variwave multisequential, computer-controlled pneumatically-operated system)

Size: 75'L x30'w x 6'h, Water depth: 32"

Concept:  The overall mission of this agency required a piece which would demonstrate the great power of the ocean as a force and also as a teaching tool.  The resulting work is a recreation of a section of the Atlantic coastline.  The wave action demonstrated here is in "real time" which means that a NOAA monitoring station at Woods Hole, Massachusetts transfers instantaneous wave heights via modem to Silver Spring where they are transferred to the wave pool.  The wave action is produced by a pneumatic pulse generated by a large blower and computer controlled valve located in the parking garage under the site.  The actual waves vary in height from 6 to 24 inches.  When they hit the coastline the waves create 12' high surf.


NOAA Coastline - Photographer: Anice Hoachlander, Hoachlander Photography Associates   Sanborn's NOAA Coastline - Photographer: Anice Hoachlander, Hoachlander Photography Associates



Silver Spring Wave Pool, Nikon 950 - Lawrence I. Charters - March 31, 2000

Several other images by this photographer (Lawrence I Charters) are available here.


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