They come and they go, and they are fun to watch as they ebb and flow.But beyond being mesmerizing to look at, a little insight might help to appreciate their important role in nature.
- The gravitational force of the moon is one ten-millionth that of earth, but when you combine other forces such as the earth’s centrifugal force created by its spin, you get tides.
- The sun’s gravitational force on the earth is only 46 percent that of the moon. Making the moon the single most important factor for the creation of tides.
- The sun’s gravity also produces tides. But since the forces are smaller, as compared to the moon, the effects are greatly decreased.
- Tides are not caused by the direct pull of the moon’s gravity. The moon is pulling Read the rest of this entry »
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