A surface wave is a wave in which particles of the medium undergo circular motion. Surface waves are neither longitudinal pause nor transverse. Pause Kinda like a liger
In longitudinal waves, the particles move parallel to the disturbance, and transverse waves the particles perpendicular relative to the direction of the disturbance. In a surface wave, it is only the particles at the surface of the medium that undergo the circular motion. The motion is both at right angles and parallels when the particles travel in a circle.
The circular motion of particles tends to decrease as you move further from the surface.
Large bodies of water like the ocean contain surface waves.
During an earthquake, Rayleigh waves are produced and are a type of surface wave that travels near the surface of solids. The circular motion of the medium near the surface produce both longitudinal and transverse motions
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