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The Bay of Fundy. The highest tides on planet Earth occur near Wolfville, in Nova Scotia\'s Minas Basin. The water level at high tide can be as much as 52.5 feet higher than at low tide. Small Atlantic tides drive the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine system near resonance to produce the huge tides.

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The highest tides on planet Earth occur near Wolfville, in Nova Scotia\'s Minas Basin.

  • The water level at high tide can be as much as 52.5 feet higher than at low tide.
  • Small Atlantic tides drive the Bay of Fundy/Gulf of Maine system near resonance to produce the huge tides.
  • High tides happen every 12 hours and 25 minutes (or nearly an hour later each day) because of the changing position of the Moon in its orbit around the Earth.
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At mid-tide, the flow in Minas Channel equals the combined flow of all the rivers and streams on Earth!

Nova Scotia bends when the tide comes in! As 14 billion tons of sea water flow into Minas Basin twice daily, the Nova Scotia countryside actually tilts slightly under the immense load!

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The tide actually rises for six and a quarter hours allowing fishermen to unload their boats on the dock, then ebbs for the next six and a quarter hours. That\'s a high tide every 12 and 1/2 hours! There are two high tides every 25 hours.

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