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The Energy of the Tides

E. C. Pielou

in The Energy of Nature

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780226668062
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226668055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.003.0008
The Energy of the Tides

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The movements of the ocean are traditionally classified into currents, waves, and tides. In one sense, however, tides are waves, albeit of a special kind. Unlike wind waves and swells, which are caused by the wind, and tsunamis, which are caused by earthquakes and similar disturbances, tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. This chapter discusses the energy that drives the tides; the dissipation of tidal energy; and other tides.

Keywords: tides; ocean; gravitational pull; tidal energy

Chapter.  3269 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biological Sciences

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