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Category Archives: tides
SaltstraumenVideo Blocks The strait at Saltstraumen is one of the most interesting straits on the planet, and it has to do with more than just its notable beauty. Saltstraumen is the location of one of the strongest tidal currents in the world. When the tides come in and out from the large bodies of water … Continue reading “Current” Events on Tides → Continue reading → Continue reading
The Qiantang River runs for 459 km through Zhejiang, China, and flowing into the East China Sea via Hangzhou Bay. From Aug 15th to 21st in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, travelers come to Hangzhou Bay to see the largest tidal bore in the world, which can reach up to 9 meters in height and travel … Continue reading The Qiantang River Tidal Bore → Continue reading → Continue reading
This story begins where so many great ones do (including the unnecessarily long URL of my blog) – by making fun of Bill O’Reilly: Like many people. Bill can’t grasp how the tides operate. And, in his defense, the explanation isn’t exactly obvious to the layperson. As the moon orbits Earth, its gravitational influence produces … Continue reading Tides and the Limits of Human Understanding → Continue reading → Continue reading
The biblical tale of Moses parting the Red Sea to free the Israelites from the Egyptians is a story still shared throughout the world today. However, a lesser known rendition of the tale involving tigers and an old woman exists just off the coast of the Korean peninsula. Two South Korean islands, Modo and Jindo, … Continue reading Tides and the Parting of the Sea → Continue reading → Continue reading
When we speak of renewable energy sources, solar power often dominates the conversation. Our sun is the brightest point in our observable sky. It’s the largest object in the solar system. It’s the source of life on Earth. It’s easy to forget about the second brightest, 400 times smaller (diameter-wise) source of tides. Although it … Continue reading Tides: The Next Big Thing → Continue reading → Continue reading
Tides happen everyday, but there are certain types of tides do not happen everyday. The strongest tides and the weakest tides are called spring tides. Spring tides happen when the Sun and Moon are aligned, causing unusually strong gravitational forces and resulting very high and very low tides. Because it takes a month for the Moon … Continue reading Spring tides and Neap tides → Continue reading → Continue reading
People around the world aim to predict the highest and lowest tides using tide tables. Spring tides happen due to the gravitational pull from both the moon and sun. When the moon and sun are pulling from the same direction, the tide is more intense and this is called a spring tide. This usually occurs … Continue reading Tides and their effect on human life → Continue reading → Continue reading
When one looks up their horoscope in the daily paper, predictions are made based on the sun signs. One of the many things these horoscopes miss is the powerful astrological influence of the moon, which in some cases is stronger than that of the sun. It’s not just pop culture astrology that overlooks the moon; […] Continue reading → Continue reading
The Mont Saint Michel Abbey was built in the 11th century on an island in Normandy, on the north coast of France. The island formed when the landscaped was eroded and granite outcrops remained. Medieval pilgrims nicknamed it, “St. Michael in peril of the sea” because of the extreme changes between high and low tides. … Continue reading Blog 2: Mont Saint Michel Abbey Tides Continue reading → Continue reading
“Tide’s in, dirt’s out- Tide washing power” While Tide may be great for washing your clothes and getting rid of those tough stains, tides are also a great source of renewable energy. Tides produce tidal energy through the surge of ocean waters caused by their constant rise and fall. Tidal energy was first harnessed […] Continue reading → Continue reading