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The Tides

The tides are the daily rising and falling of water levels in the oceans and connected bodies of water as a result of the Earth rotating within a field of gravity from both the Sun and the Moon. The pull of gravity from the Sun and the Moon are strong enough to pull on and deform large bodies of water. If we consider that the earth would normally have a round or spherical layer of water, the effect of gravity pulls that sphere into an oval. The animations below greatly exaggerate this effect on the water layer shown in light blue...

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