What Is an Ebb Tide?


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An ebb tide occurs when a tidal current moves away from land. Tidal currents moving toward land are called floods. Ebbs and floods are categorized as reversing currents.

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What Is an Ebb Tide?
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When an ebb tide reaches its greatest distance from land, the water in the tide experiences a period of no velocity. This is called slack water. After the slack water stage is over, the water moves back toward land in a flood tide of increasing velocity. Tidal currents are affected by the different phases of the moon. When the moon is full or new, tide velocity increases. A first or third quarter moon weakens tide velocity.

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