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

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

by James Greig McCully
     
 

ISBN-10: 9812566449

ISBN-13: 9789812566447

Pub. Date: 05/28/2006

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated

Finally, someone has written a comprehensive, easily readable explanation of the tides on earth that is both simple enough for students and solid enough for their professors. 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…  See more details below

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Finally, someone has written a comprehensive, easily readable explanation of the tides on earth that is both simple enough for students and solid enough for their professors. 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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789812566447
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
285
Sales rank:
1,132,500
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1The tides in history ; the challenge of understanding the tides on Earth1
2One moon-two tides15
3The lunar orbit31
4The solar influences and solar-lunar interaction45
5Celestial harmonics59
6The Coriolis force and oceanic amphidromes : coastal Kelvin waves ; tidal currents : sea level71
7The Seiche effect and basins of oscillation : tidal intermixing97
8Coastal geography and near shore topography, resonant co-oscillation, sustained forcing113
9Shallow estuaries and tidal bores145
10Computation of the tide-tables and chaos theory157
11The weather and the tides : atmospheric tides185
12The tides and saltwater fishing197
13The constituents of the tides on Earth : synopsis of tidal influences215
14Epilogue243

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