Tidal Energy

Tides on a Global Scale: Tidal Patterns

As water moves around the Earth, tidal patterns develop.

A tidal bulge moves around the Earth every day. Since the Earth has continents that disrupt the even flow of water, a complex pattern emerges. In some places, the water stretches out more toward the Moon. In other places, tidal nodes occur where the water does not really deform at all.

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