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breaker zone

the area offshore where waves break, between the outermost breaker and the limit of wave uprush; the zone within which waves approaching the coastline start breaking, usually in water depths of 16 to 32 feet (5 to 10 meters).
Also called surf zone. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Fishing is usually best on an incoming tide when the perch are feeding inside the breaker zone.
  • The nearshore is defined as an indefinite zone extending seaward from the shoreline well beyond the breaker zone.
  • Also the breaker zone directly seaward of the low tide line.
  • Inside the breaker zone, the momentum balance is basically between radiation stress and bottom friction.
breaker zone in Science
breaker zone  
The nearshore zone between the outermost breakers and the bore area where wave water rushes onto the beach. The water in the breaker zone is shallow, usually between 5 and 10 m (16 and 33 ft) deep; therefore, most waves there are unstable. Also called surf zone.
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