Monday, January 12, 2009

Day 206: Earth tides

from wikipedia

I just learned about this last night, not only are there ocean tides twice a day, but also something called "earth tides'. Apparently, the earth's crust rises and falls with the pull of the moon.

"Like the oceans, the solid crust of Earth also moves to a lunar rhythm. While the seas rise and fall by a worldwide average of three feet daily, the ground oscillates by about eight inches (scientists measure this with satellites). This mutation is not merely a surface phenomenon; the entire planet undergoes constant and complex rhythmic deformations. What's remarkable is that they're so small. It's evidence that our planet is incredibly well built. To have a body as massive and as near as the Moon, and to have our planet changed so little by its presence, means that Earth is one of the solar system's construction success stories." from the Old Farmer's Almanac

Read more from the US Geological Survey and how earth's tides factor into volcano monitoring.

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