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Thanks to the pull of gravity!.  The moon pulls the ocean waters on its closest side of the Earth causing the ocean waters to bulge toward to the moon.

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1 Thanks to the pull of gravity!

2  The moon pulls the ocean waters on its closest side of the Earth causing the ocean waters to bulge toward to the moon. When this occurs we call it a “Direct High Tide”.  On the far side of the Earth from the Moon, the oceans are pulled less strongly so we call this an “Indirect High Tide”.  Halfway between these to high tides, low tides are formed as water is pulled towards the high tide areas.

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4  The Sun’s gravitational pull can strengthen or weaken the influence of the Moon’s gravity on Earth and tidal actions.  When the moon is in a new or full moon phase, the allignment of the Sun and Moon work together creating very high and very low tides which happen twice a month called, “Spring Tides”.  The difference between high and low tides is called a, “Tidal Range”.

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6  When the Moon is at quarter phases with the Sun at a 90° angle from the Moon, the sun weakens the Moon’s gravitational force creating a small tidal range (not very high nor very low tides). These are called, “Neap Tides”.

7  What would happen to Earth’s tidal Actions if there were no moon?  Check it out! Make notes to answer this questions while watching the video clip!  mGLbo8__k mGLbo8__k  “Earth Without the Moon” (6 minutes)


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