Thursday, August 6, 2009

the pool is open

Our days here are shaped by the action of the tide. Last night was full moon, generating large “spring tides” with a range of 2.6 meters. The reef frames a large lagoon that drains and fills twice a day. When the tide reaches 0.7 meters, the “pool” is open for swimming. Below this water level it is fit only for a wallow.

With spring tides, the water rushes through the lagoon, creating a jet-pool effect for swimming training. On the “neap tides”, the tidal range is less, the movement of the water slower, and the pool more subdued. To those of you rugged up against the winter chill, my condolences.

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