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• 1.

How many high tides will most ocean beaches have each day?

• A.

One every other day.

• B.

One each day.

• C.

Two each day.

• D.

It cannot be predicted.

C. Two each day.
Explanation
Most ocean beaches will have two high tides each day. This is because the gravitational pull of the moon causes the ocean waters to bulge on opposite sides of the Earth, resulting in two high tides approximately 12 hours apart.

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• 2.

In which of the images below is the observer experiencing the highest tide?

• A.

Image A

• B.

Image B

• C.

Image C

• D.

Image D

A. Image A
Explanation
In Image A, the observer is experiencing the highest tide because the water level is at its peak, indicating a high tide. In the other images, the water level is lower, suggesting a lower tide.

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• 3.

High tides and low tides were measured four times at the same location. What date is most likely to represent a spring tide?

• A.

April 2

• B.

April 4

• C.

April 6

• D.

April 8

B. April 4
Explanation
A spring tide occurs when the Sun, Moon, and Earth are aligned, creating a stronger gravitational pull on the ocean's water. This results in higher high tides and lower low tides. Since spring tides occur twice a month, approximately every 14 days, the date that is most likely to represent a spring tide is April 4, as it is closest to the midpoint between the measured tides.

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• 4.

In the following view, what type of tide is occurring?

• A.

Neap high tide.

• B.

Neap low tide.

• C.

Spring high tide.

• D.

Spring low tide.

B. Neap low tide.
Explanation
Neap low tide occurs when the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun are perpendicular to each other, resulting in the lowest tidal range. This happens during the first and third quarter moon phases.

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• 5.

Tides are affected by

• A.

Earth's gravity alone.

• B.

The Moon's gravity alone.

• C.

The Sun's gravity alone.

• D.

The gravity of the Moon and the Sun.

D. The gravity of the Moon and the Sun.
Explanation
Tides are caused by the gravitational pull of both the Moon and the Sun. While the Earth's gravity does have some effect on tides, it is the combined gravitational force of the Moon and the Sun that primarily influences the tides. The Moon's gravity is stronger than the Sun's, but both play a role in the formation of tides. As the Moon and the Sun exert their gravitational force on the Earth, they create a bulge of water on the side of the Earth facing them, causing high tides. This gravitational force also creates a bulge on the opposite side, resulting in another high tide. The areas in between experience low tides.

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