King tides: high tide and low tide vary
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While cycling into work one day, a staff member at San Diego Coastkeeper noticed that a section of the bikeway was under water. The cyclist hadn't seen water in this spot before and wondered what the cause was.
The flooding resulted from a king tide. King tides are the highest of high tides that are naturally occurring and predictable. The moon's position in relation to Earth handles all tides, including king tides.
- How does the moon influence the tides?
- How can the phases of the moon be used to predict tides?
- How low is low tide? How high is high tide? What is the difference between the two?
- How does low tide and high tide influence our coastal communities?
San Diego Coastkeeper: The King Tides Are Coming
NOAA: What is a King Tide?
California King Tides Project: Schedule of tides
Earth and Space Science
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