Flash Cards

Overview of Tides and Eclipses

Question Answer
What mainly causes tides? Moon's gravity pulling on Earth's waters
What are tides? Rising and falling levels of ocean water
What is high tide? When ocean water is at its highest elevation
What is low tide? When ocean water is at its lowest elevation
What is a neap tide? When Moon is in 1st or 3rd quarter; lower high tide, higher low tides (less gravity pulling on ocean)
What is a spring tide? During New or Full Moon, highest high tide, lowest low tide (more gravity pulling on the oceans)
What is a solar eclipse? When the moon in its full moon phase passes between the sun and Earth, blocking out the sunlight
What is a lunar eclipse? When Earth passes between the sun and the moon in its full moon phase, blocking out the moon




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