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

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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: 9789812566447
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 462,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    Demystifying the Tides

    Ever ask why some coasts have two high tides while others have one, or none at all. Author Jim McCully did. He asked professors, astronomers, even charter captains. Their responses were surprisingly inconclusive many were founded in bad science, some in folklore. In fact, after long research, McCully could not even find a lay book that fully explained tides. So he wrote Beyond the Moon: A Conversational, Common Sense Guide to Understanding the Tides. ¿The world is full of people who use the tide tables every day but do not understand the forces of nature that generate the tides,¿ McCully writes in the opening chapter. He finds 396 such forces. NOAA employs 114 to generate their tidal predictions. But McCully suggests you can be 90 percent accurate using only 7 principle influences Beyond the Moon provides a thorough look at those forces affecting the tides, both celestial and terrestrial, then credibly digests them for those of us who barely survived Earth Science101. The payoff for anglers comes in a chapter titled `The Tides and Saltwater Fishing.¿ If you take away nothing else from this book, memorize the tide flow-guide called ¿The Rule of Twelve.¿ A full and complete understanding of the tides is a tour of many disciplines. McCully¿s dissection of the sciences eases the journey and his prose is very readable, even literary at times. You get earth science, sure, but you get history and digestible celestial mechanics, too ¿ it¿s even funny in places. Helpful graphics, both line drawings and color illustrations, make the journey smooth. But it¿s McCully¿s knowledge of the subject and writing skills that make it a fun ride.

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