Beyond the Moon: A Conversational, Common Sense Guide to Understanding the Tides

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Overview

Step by step, by analogy and illustration, Beyond the Moon describes how the cyclical motion of the near solar system is impressed upon the earth's oceans, and how the hydraulics over the continental shelf and the geography of the coastline orchestrate this rhythm into the bewildering variety of tide patterns seen around the globe. This volume demystifies the complexity of the tides by systematically examining its many constituents and demonstrates that: "Nature is, at once, awesome in complexity and beautiful in simplicity."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812566430
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 1,029,997
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The tides in history ; the challenge of understanding the tides on Earth 1
2 One moon-two tides 15
3 The lunar orbit 31
4 The solar influences and solar-lunar interaction 45
5 Celestial harmonics 59
6 The Coriolis force and oceanic amphidromes : coastal Kelvin waves ; tidal currents : sea level 71
7 The Seiche effect and basins of oscillation : tidal intermixing 97
8 Coastal geography and near shore topography, resonant co-oscillation, sustained forcing 113
9 Shallow estuaries and tidal bores 145
10 Computation of the tide-tables and chaos theory 157
11 The weather and the tides : atmospheric tides 185
12 The tides and saltwater fishing 197
13 The constituents of the tides on Earth : synopsis of tidal influences 215
14 Epilogue 243
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