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From surfers to sailors to military planners, tides have been a useful and at times, confounding natural phenomena. Usually relegated to the realm of weathermen, tides are actually of astronomical origin, the mechanism best explained by astronomers. Understanding how and why tides work has been an important study of mankind for millennia, making it possible to predict when the "surf's up." Knowing that somehow the moon is involved is just part of the story. The sun, the shoreline, the continental shelf, and even the barometric pressure all conspire to determine the effect of the tides. The effect can be very small or absolutely huge. Do lakes have tides? What about the Arctic Ocean? My bathtub? Let's find out what makes tides tick.

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