Tides and currents

April 2007
Water (9781405318747);2007, p22
Book Chapter
A chapter from the book "Water" is presented. It discusses facts about tides and currents. It notes that tides are produced when the Moon's gravitational pull moves water across the surface of Earth, while currents and waves are created as winds blow across seawater. Also explained is the Coriolis effect, which is responsible for turning tides and currents as the Earth spins on its axis. The chapter notes the occurrence of tidal bulges that form low and high tides, as well as the different ocean currents moving across the planet.


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