HIGHEST -- tide in Europe - Mont Saint-Michel, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61
N 48° 38.189 W 001° 30.587
30U E 609787 N 5388117
Quick Description: The tide, the daily movement of the sea, is a universal phenomenon. But the height of tide is not same for all places...
Location: Normandie, France
Date Posted: 9/1/2014 8:01:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMMCPN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
For a long time, our ancestors believed this event was governed by the gods or some other dark forces. Newton’s law of universal attraction and the work of scientists such as Laplace or Poincaré proved from the XVIIth century that tidal movements were caused by physical forces: that is, of the moon and sun on the earth. The moon acts as a magnet on the oceans. Its force of attraction is twice as strong as that of the sun, on account of its greater proximity. The actions of the sun and mood combine in a variety of ways, depending on their relative positions.

Besides the effect of the sun and moon, the shape of the coastline strongly influences the extent of tidal movements.On account of its geographical configuration, the coastline of the English Channel experiences the most extreme tides in Europe. The height of the tide, the variation in level from when the tide is in or out, is exceptional in Brittany, where the highest tides in Europe are recorded, for example 5.45 m at Penmarc’h, 12 m in the Bay of Saint-Malo and more than 16 m in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, whereas the average worldwide is just 2 m.

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Location of coordinates: center of Mont Saint-Michel

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