How to design continents for maximum tides
Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
The shape and size of continents control the size of ocean tides on Earth-like planets, according to a new study that simulated the effects of random continental configurations on the energy of tides.
“Earth’s current tides are the biggest we’ve found in 750 million years. I certainly think the tides now may be among the biggest in Earth’s history,” said Mattias Green, an oceanographer at Bangor University in Wales, the United Kingdom, and an author of the new study in AGU’s journal…