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Well if moon attraks water, then why cant it hold long . as a switch funtions on and off, how does it releases water and again attraks after 12 hours. on off behaviour is my main curiosity.

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Asked by sharad sharad, 01 Dec '09 10:25 pm
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This are Lunar Tides which are created because the Earth and the moon are attracted to each other, just like magnets are attracted to each other. The moon tries to pull at anything on the Earth to bring it closer. But, the Earth is able to hold onto everything except the water. Since the water is always moving, the Earth cannot hold onto it, and the moon is able to pull at it. Each day, there are two high tides and two low tides. The ocean is constantly moving from high tide to low tide, and then back to high tide. There is about 12 hours and 25 minutes between the two high tides.

Tides are the periodic rise and falling of large bodies of water. Winds and currents move the surface water causing waves. The gravitational attraction of the moon causes the oceans to bulge out in the direction of the moon. Another bulge occurs on the opposite side, since the Earth is also being pulled toward the moon (and away from the water on the far side). Ocean levels fluctuate daily as the sun, ...more
Answered by rita b lobo, 02 Dec '09 01:42 pm

 
  
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