L is for Lunar

Like all estuarine rivers the smallish Camel is subject to big forces from the pull of the moon and the sun and the rotation of the earth, which are manifest as tides at its seamouth.  Marvellous and arcane language can be invoked to help describe and understand tides  – apogee, perigee, zenith, nadir, bathymetry and obliquity all come into play.  None of this seems to matter as much as to know that a spring is bigger  than a neap, and the result is that there is a rich intertidal zone where the birds and beasts benefit from the good things washed down to them from fresh to brackish water.  Over years this has built up into a beautiful area of mudflats around Wadebridge, good for a wander and for spotting birds.

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  1. I particularly like bathymetry – both the look and sound of the word. I now know what it means too, having looked it up.


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