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    Re: New Moon, Perigee, and Solstice
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 2003 Dec 31, 00:02 -0500

    I don't know any oceanographers to consult on this question, but
    lacking anything to break spherical symmetry, I can't see how tides on
    a spherical earth could be different in one place from another exactly
    equivalent place. Phase would have to be tied to LHA of the sun and
    moon, AFIK.
    Perhaps I misunderstand your meaning.
    On Tue, 30 Dec 2003 02:07:56 +0000, Trevor J. Kenchington wrote:
    >Of course the frequency of tidal waves is not affected by basin
    >morphology (except where shallow-water effects produce assorted
    >harmonics in addition to the tide at the frequency of the driving
    >force). However, it is not only amplitude that is affected by real
    >basins and would be by the seabed in a theoretical, global ocean of
    >uniform depth. The phase angles are strongly affected also but, perhaps
    >more important, so is the nature of the wave. In most areas, tides
    >predominantly take the form of standing waves and very commonly Kelvin
    >waves (thus forming amphidromic systems), rather than progressive waves
    >heading in a westerly direction around the globe.
    >That is true in the real Southern Ocean (which is open clear around all
    >360 degrees of longitude, with a relatively constant depth) as it is in
    >the open expanses of the real Pacific Ocean. As best as I can comprehend
    >the conclusions of tidal specialists, it would also be true of the
    >hypothetical global ocean too.
    >Trevor Kenchington
    >You wrote:
    >> The depth would certainly have an effect on surface waves as you say,
    >> but it would affect the amplitude, not the frequency. The solution
    >> would still be at the frequency of the driving force in the steady
    >> state.
    >> That is the actual case now, with all the extra complications. It would
    >> not be less so if the complications were removed.
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    Rodney Myrvaagnes                                                              
                          Opinionated old geezer
     "It is, of course, quite true that no great amount of skill is required to 
    navigate a ship most of the time, and
    on those less frequent occasions when a higher level of competence is 
    desirable luck may suffice. If that runs out there is always insurance..." 
    __The late Captain Richard Cahill

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