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Tidal Falls Sullivan Earthcache EarthCache

Hidden : 08/21/2005
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You can drive to the cache site and view the falls within 30-40 ft of the parking area.

Tides are periodic rises and falls of large bodies of water. Tides are caused by the gravitational interaction between the Earth and the Moon. The gravitational attraction of the moon causes the oceans to bulge out in the direction of the moon. Another bulge occurs on the opposite side, since the Earth is also being pulled toward the moon (and away from the water on the far side). Since the earth is rotating while this is happening, two tides occur each day. Reversing Falls are phenomena resulting from tidal action. They occur in coastal areas where a constriction narrows the channel connecting the ocean with an inland body of water. Normally rivers flow to the ocean. At low tide, the inland waters empty into the sea over a rocky shelf in a waterfall. As the tide rises above the falls, the seawater forces its way against the river flow. The rapids slow to a stop. As the incoming tide continues to rise, the resulting turbulence, in the form of whirlpools, eddies and rapids, makes the falls appear to have actually reversed and moves upstream. Located at the Tidal Falls Preserve, aka Sullivan Falls there is a reversing falls created by the tidal flow. It is a popular place for kayakers to practice their skills in white-water as well as a picnic area for spectators to just enjoy this phenomena of nature. Follow RT.1 through Ellsworth toward Hancock/Sullivan. Before crossing the Sullivan bridge you will see a fork in the road. Go to the right. There is a sign before this point informing you of the tidal falls area. About seven tenths of a mile after the fork turn left onto Tidal Falls Rd. This will take you to the Preserve which also has a restaurant close by. It's a very popular area, especially at lunch & dinner and high tide. As per new regulations for earthcaches, to log this cache you must record your time of visit pertaining to the tide, such as, 1:30 p.m., 2 hours before high tide, and observations: the turbulance was getting greater and the two currents colliding were causing a dramatic effect. As the logs accumulate, cachers will discover a time to visit the cache that will provide a greater view of the tidal falls phenomenon. Tidal charts are available at: Tidal Charts


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