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The Bay of Fundy, on the inland side of Nova Scotia, has some of the highest tidal fluctuations in the world. Here’s an example from Halls Harbor, near the end of the bay.

You probably already know this, but spring tides don’t happen just in Spring. They occur about every two weeks, on the full and new moons, when the sun, earth and moon roughly align. The sun and moon’s combined gravitational forces make the tides higher than normal. When the moon is perpendicular to the alignment of the sun and the earth, the forces don’t line up and the tides are lower than normal. Those are called neap tides. They also happen every two weeks, between the new and full moons.

Since the moon doesn’t move that much in a day and the earth spins once in 24 hours, there are roughly two high tides and two low tides per day. Picture the earth spinning inside an ellipsoid bubble of water. The two longer ends of the ellipse are the high tides, the two narrower bits in the middle are the low tides.

Curious where all of the worlds highest tides happen? Check out this map.

If this 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Shooting Brake isn’t the world’s oldest SUV, it’s got to be close. True, it doesn’t have 4-wheel-drive but the shape is about right. This is a three-door model configured like the 1957 Chevy Crew Cab I posted a while back, that means one door on the driver’s (right) side and two on the passengers’ side. The vehicle is complete but has been sitting in barn for who knows how long, so a restoration is in order.

If you’re interested in a project, this relic of depression-era motoring is currently for sale in Connecticut by way of ebay. At the time of this writing, bidding stands at just a hair over $34,000 without having met reserve. The auction closes on May 15th, at about 5pm PST.

Once it’s restored you can say things like “C’mon lads! Let us head out into the back country for a spot of off-roading. We’ll have a jolly time!”

Don’t forget the bull bar and the lift kit. 😉 Read the rest of this entry »