NASA Sees Tides Under the Ocean’s Surface

  • Released Thursday, April 29th, 2021
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:44PM
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Internal tides, or internal waves, can reach hundreds of feet underneath the ocean surface, but might only be a few inches high on the surface. Even though they're underwater, NASA can see these tides from satellites. They provide oceanographers with a unique way to map and study the much larger internal water motion.



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