Countdown to the Most Extreme Tides

The ocean’s tide is a powerful force that is controlled by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun. In some areas of the world, due to various factors, the tidal ranges are quite large. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, these are the most extreme tides in the world:

10. Cancale, France – Average Tidal Range: 27.8 feet

9. Banco Dirección, Magellan Strait, Chile – Average Tidal Range: 28.0 feet

8. Granville, France – Average Tidal Range: 28.2 feet

7. Koksoak River entrance, Hudson Bay, Greenland – Average Tidal Range: 28.5 feet

6. Río Gallegos (Reducción Beacon), Argentina – Average Tidal Range: 29.0 feet

5. Burnham, Parrett River, England – Average Tidal Range: 29.9 feet

4. Sunrise, Turnagain Arm, Cook Inlet, Alaska, USA – Average Tidal Range: 30.3 feet

3. Port of Bristol (Avonmouth), England – Average Tidal Range: 31.5 feet

2. Leak Lake, Ungava Bay, Quebec, Canada – Average Tidal Range: 32.0 feet

And the winner is…

1. Burntcoat Head, Minas Basin, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada – Average Tidal Range: 38.4 feet

Hope you enjoyed the countdown. Come again for another installment of MotherNaturesPen.

(Note: I removed general area duplicates from the list in order to avoid having the top 10 be all Bay of Fundy.)


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