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The Bay of Fundy, Canada – March 20th, 2009

March 20th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Bay of Fundy, Canada - March 16th, 2009

Bay of Fundy, Canada - March 16th, 2009

The Bay of Fundy (bottom left to center) is a bay on the Atlantic coast of North America, on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a small portion touching the U.S. state of Maine.

The Bay of Fundy is known for its high tidal range and the bay is contested as having the highest vertical tidal range in the world with Ungava Bay in northern Quebec and The Severn Estuary in the UK.

Oceanographers attribute it to tidal resonance resulting from a coincidence of timing: the time it takes a large wave to go from the mouth of the bay to the inner shore and back is practically the same as the time from one high tide to the next. During the 12.4 hour tidal period, 115 billion tonnes of water flow in and out of the bay.

Brown sediments can be seen along the northern shores of the bay. North of the bay, ice floats on the water of the Northumberland Strait between mainland Canada and Prince Edward Island.

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