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Gravity wave: a tidal force that propagates through spacetime.--------Gravity waves are essentially tidal forces that vary with time and position; that is all they are. As a gravity wave passes over you, you are alternately stretched and compressed in ways that depend on the particular form of the wave.
The same thing goes for gravity, it does not expend 'energy'. there is no such thing as a 'tired gravitational potential'.
In Einsteins universe, and as I read it, you have 4 dimensions that cling together, not separable. In that universe a gravitational wave seems best described as something happening inside a 'jello' consisting of those four dimensions.
something must become of this energy when it passes thru me causing stretching and contraction some of it must be converted to some other form presumably thermal.
gravitational waves Distortions of space geometry that propagate through space with the speed of light, analogous to ripples on the surface of a pond propagating as water waves.