Sunday, April 20, 2008

Scenes from the ocean floor - 1st in a Series

No, I wasn't scuba diving today; merely walking on the vast ocean floor that's exposed at low tide leading out toward Two Islands, near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

Here in the Minas Basin region of the Bay of Fundy the inter-tidal zone (fancy name for the exposed ocean floor) stretches along the coast for miles and out from the coast (toward the centre of the Bay) for 2-3 miles too.

For example, in this image, the closer islands (on the right) are about 1.5 kilometres from where I took the photo and the small islands, along the horizon in the far distance (Five Islands) ,are about 20 km away. This is the tide at dead low, especially because of tonight's full moon: full moon tides bring both the highest and lowest tides of the month.

At high tide here all the rocks would be completely covered and, yes, I'd have very wet feet or perhaps be swimming above the spot where I took the photo.

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