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Why do tides pile up on *BOTH* sides of the Earth?

Date: Sat Jul 19 19:30:11 1997
Posted by Chris Martin
Grade level: other
School: No school entered.
City: Bristol State/Province: No state entered.
Country: England
Area of science: Physics
ID: 869358611.Ph

Message:

If the moon's gravity pulls the oceans towards it, why doesn't the water simply pile up on that side, making the sea shallower on the far side of the Earth?


This is avery common question. So common, in fact, that I wrote up a web page answering it. The address for that page is www.badastronomy.com/bad/misc/tides.html. Try reading that page!



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