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Further Investigations: Tidal Movements

  1. Observe the moon every night at the same time for an entire month.
    1. Draw and record your observations on a calendar.
    2. Compare your observations of the moon to a tide calendar. How do your observations of the moon compare to the tides on the calendar?
  2. Research how tidal movements affect daily life for people that live in coastal communities (e.g., school, shopping, recreational activities, etc.).
  3. Why are full moons so common while lunar eclipses are relatively rare? Describe or draw the relative positions of the earth, the sun, and the moon during the following events:
    1. full moon
    2. lunar eclipse
    3. new moon
    4. solar eclipse
Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.