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Have You Seen a King Tide?

2013 June 14

Who knew you could go back to the future with a trip to the coast? It’s true though. King tides are exactly that; a glimpse to what our future holds with climate change and our rising seas. Once or twice a year, when Earth aligns just right with our moon and sun, the gravitational forces produce higher than normal tides in coastal areas. In many places this can be extreme enough to cause coastal flooding.

In the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration (NOAA) tracks and predicts when these king tides will occur. From Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, this year’s king tide cycle has begun, but many of you can still catch it! Find out when and where you can experience this incredible phenomenon.

If you have seen a king tide, or if you’re headed out to catch it this year, take a photo for State of the Environment. Upload your image with ‘King Tide’ in the description or as a tag. If submissions flow in, we’ll pull them all together for a combined look at our future along our coast and share it back with you.

State of the Environment has helped us to compare our current world to our past, thanks to Documerica, but how often can we get such a look at our future?  

Watching the photos that you have shared with us since 2011, I am left wondering. What else but this, could better represent one of the greatest challenges of our time?

Washington, D.C. King Tide, April 19, 2011 by Jamal Kadri.

State of the Environment is a story of our world through your lenses. It is open to pictures of things that you see. No view is too small to be a part of the larger picture.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

–Jeanethe Falvey, U.S. EPA State of the Environment & DOCUMERICA project lead.

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4 Responses
  1. Joanne Wheeler permalink
    June 14, 2013

    Beautiful photo!

  2. pamela permalink
    June 14, 2013

    its not sydney

  3. Kevin permalink
    June 18, 2013

    a short explanation of the astronomy would be great. New Moons??

  4. Kevin permalink
    June 18, 2013

    a short blurb explaining the astronomy would be good. New moon.

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