Lunar Tide

Definition - What does Lunar Tide mean?

Lunar Tide, also known as moon tide, is the tide caused in the sea due to the gravitational attraction caused by the moon. A tide is generally defined as the rise and fall in the level of the sea with respect to the land. The tides are not caused by the moon only; they are also caused by the gravitational attraction caused by the sun. The tides produced due to gravitational attraction caused by the sun are called solar tides. Tidal force created by the Sun and Moon usually affects every object on the Earth. However, water is more prone to the deformation caused by the gravity.

Petropedia explains Lunar Tide

The moon and earth are attracted to each other, which causes the moon to attract everything on the earth's surface. However, earth's gravity holds everything, except the water because it is liquid and moves easily. The earth is mostly covered with water; hence the moon is able to cause Lunar Tides in the water bodies due to its gravitational attraction. The gravitational attraction of the moon is so powerful that it causes tides even within the water bodies found inside the Earth's solid crust. The water level in oceans, sea, lakes, rivers, etc., fluctuate every day because of the gravitational forces of the earth and the moon, where the moon tries to attract everything and earth tries to keep everything on it.

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