Maine's Unique Tides

Monday, October 23, 2017 by Ciera Akins

Did you know that Maine tides are some of the most drastic in the world? We get two high tides and two low tides a day, but unlike a lot of places in the world up to 11 feet of water rises and falls on the shore a day in some places.

 

“...Did you know that the tide is really a wave — ‘a large, low wave that travels around the world at 450 miles an hour’ — or that the tides create friction that is actually slowing down the Earth’s rotation, making our days longer?” - Jonathan White

 

Down in the Gulf of Mexico they barely experience tides because of the local geography. In Honolulu, Hawaii one of their high tides is so small that they really only have one high tide in a day.

Part of the reason the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy have such extreme tides has to do with the funneling of the water into the Gulf and then from the Gulf into the smaller Bay and the positioning of the nearby continental shelf.

 

Tides are very complicated and can be confusing, but it is exciting to know that Maine has such unique tides!

 

Read more about them here:

https://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/10/outdoors/the-man-who-traveled-the-world-to-understand-the-ocean-has-a-lot-to-say-about-maine-tides/?ref=comments

http://www.islandinstitute.org/working-waterfront/fathoming-our-tides



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