The folks at PlanetInAction have created some cool applications for Google Earth, including “Ships” and the “Apollo Moon Lander“.
They’ve now released a seemly simple enhancement for Ships, but it’s something that has taken a great deal of time and research – bow waves. You’ve probably seen the waves coming off of boats before, but the physics behind them are quite complex. You can read all about it on their site, as it’s really quite interesting.
You can also check out this video that they’ve produced that show the waves in action: