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Conclusion

The hypothesis holds true: the "artificial mangrove swamp" absorbed the impact of tsunami waves more effectively than the man-made barrier.

Mangrove swamps are normally found along the coast. They are very effective in stopping the onslaught of tsunami waves. One of the first signs of a tsunami is called a drawback. This happens when the sea water recedes very significantly along the shoreline before tsunami waves are unleashed.

Also consider

Use a larger water tank that has a greater depth.

Vary the gradient of the shore.

References

About tsunami - http://www.kjc.gov.my/english/education/seismology/whatistsunami.html

Tsunami - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsunami#Drawback

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
30
Time required:
It will take 3 hours to set up the science project experiment, and 2 hours to conduct it
Material availability:
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Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements