interesting facts about the tide

15 Timely Facts about The Tide

It comes in and out like a metronome, but is there more to it than meets the eye? Turns out there’s more than you could ever imagine… Lets take a look at these 15 interesting facts about the tide:

  1. The tides are caused by a combination of the Earth’s rotation and the gravity of the Sun and Moon.
  2. There are two high tides and two low tides every day.
  3. This process actually takes 24 hours and 50 minutes in total.
fun facts about the tide

A rock pool, created at low tide

  1. Seleucus of Seleucia postulated the role of the Moon in 150 BC.
  2. The mathematical description was introduced by Sir Isaac Newton.
  3. Centrifugal force caused by rotation is a big part of his explanation.
  1. This is because the gravity we experience from our lunar neighbour is only 1/10,000,000 that as strong as from the Earth’s surface
  2. Maximal tides occur when the 3 celestial bodies align and pull in the same direction.
  3. The Bay of Fundy in Canada has the honour of being home to the world’s highest tides.
Tide Facts

Low tide at Mousehole, Cornwall, UK

  1. The tractive force is responsible for the pull of the tides.
  2. Spring tides are stronger, but have nothing to do with the season of spring.  Spring tides happen twice a month throughout the year.
  3. They occur when the Moon and Sun are on the same side of the Earth.
  4. Neap tides are noticeably weaker.
  5. They only happen when the Moon is at 90 degrees to the line between Earth and Sun.
  6. Tides are responsible for creating homes for thousands of types of plants and wildlife.

Do you know any interesting or fun facts about the tide that we’ve missed?  Share them with us in the comments section below!

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