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Why do tidal waves appear very suddenly in some rivers?

As tide approaches in lower part of some rivers (e.g. Ganges), a several feet high tidal wave enters from the sea against the flow of the river (making a great noise), and the water level suddenly ...
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Geocentric reference frame and tides

In reading about different frames of reference, and why they are only approximately Galilean frames of reference. The argument for why the geocentric reference frame is not a Galilean was that it ...
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Moon's pull causes tides on far side of Earth: why?

I have always wondered and once I even got it, but then completely forgot. I understand that gravity causes high and low tides in oceans, but why does it occur on the other side of Earth?
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Should the centripetal force of Earth's orbit around the Sun affect a pendulum on Earth?

Lets use approximate earth angular velocity around the sun with $\omega\approx2*10^{-7}\frac{r}{s}$ and earth translation orbit radius with $r\approx1.5*10^{11}m$ we can approximate centripetal ...
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How the moon takes energy from Earth (if at all)?

At least twice (on the comments of this answer, and mentioned in passing on this book), I have read that the moon takes energy from Earth due to tidal drag. The notion seems that: a) energy must ...
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What exactly is the energy source of tides?

Tides happen due to the gravitational interactions between the Earth and the Moon. We can say that the tides are pulled by the Moon's gravitational field and so it keeps on changing as it moves out of ...
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Will extracting power from ocean tides affect the moon's orbit in the LONG run?

Conservation of energy says that any energy extracted from our ocean's tides would have to come from somewhere. Since these tides are a gravitational effect due to the moon, it would seem that the ...
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What are the tidal effects of Io on Jupiter?

I recall reading an essay by Asimov (I think) around 1980 stating that the tides are a function of a power of the diameter of the primary, so (surprisingly) small close moons of Jupiter raise large ...
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How does the sea level reach a fixed height? [closed]

Consider a flat body of water on the Earth. On all tiny elements of water in that body, the buoyant force is equal to the force of gravity due to Earth. Now if I introduce the moon to this body, (or ...
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Are we slightly lighter during the day and slightly heavier at night, owing to the force of the Sun's gravity?

Using $g = \frac{Gm}{r^2}$, the force on a point mass located at 1 AU from the Sun ($m = 2 \cdot 10^{30} \text{ kg}$) is about ~0.006 N/kg. Does that mean that, e.g., a 70 kg person is ~42g lighter ...
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Relative size of the 2 tidal bulges

I am interested in making a simplified model that represents only the effect that the moon has on Earths tides. In this model I am going to assume that the earth is completely spherical (with no ...
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Deriving the expression for the static equilibrium height of liquids under tidal force

I have tried looking at various sources and Wikipedia articles. I also checked some Q&As here at StackExchange but I couldn't quite grasp how the formula for the height of tides is derived when we ...
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Calculate Height of Ocean Tides if Earth Had a Larger/Smaller Radius

For context, I'm coming at this question from the Worldbuilding stackexchange, where I've posted a related question. I'm not a physicist or scientist by training, so if I make any glaring errors, ...
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Are the high tides always more unequal when the centre of gravity is within a planet?

In case of our high tides at both sides of the Earth it seems that they are almost equal. But is there a slight difference because the center of gravity is about 1,700 km below the surface of the ...
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Are there tides in the atmosphere?

Analogous to the tides of Earths oceans, do the Moon and Sun cause our atmosphere to bulge in what could be described as a low and high tide?

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