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Q & A: Will tides go away in the future?

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Most recent answer: 01/15/2014
Q:
hello in my point of opinion ... i say one day tides will end up and stops in earth it will... is that any possibles for my conclusion ???
- pradeep (age 24)
CHENNAI, TAMILNADU, INDIA
A:

Hello Pradeep,

The earth tides have two sources: the sun and the moon.   The moon tides are about twice as strong as the tides due to the sun.   I'm not sure, but I think your question is related to the phenomenon of  tidal-locking in which case a moon's orbit will lock into its planet's rotational period.   In the case of the earth-moon system this will occur in the far distant future.  Nevertheless there will still be tides on the earth due to the sun.  Maybe this site will help you:

 

LeeH


(published on 01/15/2014)

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