COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Fathoming our tides
Description: The coast of Maine and neighboring Maritime Canada are extraordinary in many ways, but there is one way in which we are truly unique on the planet-the height of our tides. What are tides? Scientists define tides as the back and forth movement of water on specific, predictable time periods, the most noticeable of which are 12.4 hours and 24.8 hours. The tides also vary on longer time periods -monthly, annually and over multiple years. Along the Maine coast, we experience two strong tidal cycles a day resulting in two low tides and two high tides, each a bit more than six hours apart. Along other coasts the tides can be wildly different. [Source: Working Waterfront]
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Source: Working Waterfront
Publish Date: 10/26/2015
Reading Level: Basic
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