Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tides in the Annapolis Basin

I know that I have posted pictures of high tide and low tide in the Annapolis Basin before. In some ways it is an easy excuse for a post. In many other ways, the tides are one of the most fascinating aspects of living around the Bay of Fundy. For those who do not know our local geography, the Annapolis Basin is connected to the Bay of Fundy through a narrow channel known as the Digby Gut. Because of our connection, we experience the same tides as the Bay itself. This means that in Annapolis Royal we have a tide in the range of 29 feet (10 meters).

In a community historically attached to the water, the tides were an important part of every day life. The Acadians built dykes and aboiteau to control the tides and use the marshes as agricultural land. Fishermen and sailors from all ages would need to keep a keen eye on the tides to ensure that they had enough water to get in or out of the basin. Ships coming in on the tide would have brought goods ranging from pianos and porcelain to produce and paprika (they also brought products that did not begin with the letter P). The water was our link to the outside world and this was controlled by the tides.

These pictures were taken from the parking lot of the O'Dell House Museum. I know that it is hard to get much sympathy when this is the scene I can expect to see when I leave work. On of my favorite aspects of this scene is that it changes minute by minute. While these pictures show the extremes of the tide, the water is constantly shifting and moving as it rises or falls.

All for now,

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