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    Re: Rogue Waves
    From: James R. Van Zandt
    Date: 2006 Sep 17, 15:36 -0500


    "Peter Fogg" <peter.fogg@gmail.com> writes:

    >Below an article by Frank Robson entitled 'Sea Monsters' from the
    >local rag (SMH, 'Good Weekend', 16 Sep 06). ... 
    >Have included a pic from the article that shows the height of a 30
    >metre wave against a building (the Sydney Town Hall) and cars.

    I think the figure is misleading - the wave ought to be drawn about
    twice as high (i.e. about 16 times the height of the person on the
    sidewalk on the left side of the picture).  Of course, the picture was
    taken with a short focal length lens, with pretty dramatic
    perspective.  Does the figure imply that the corner tower on that
    building is 30 m high?  I doubt that.  Using the author's own
    conversion factor, 30 m = 10 storey building, and that corner tower is
    surely not 10 storeys high.

               - Jim Van Zandt

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