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Maximum High Tide in YSW Harbour - July 13, 2006

Click to enlarge 360-degree panorama

A few times per year, coastal communities around the world get record high and low tides, when the gravitational forces of the sun and the moon add up and pull the world's oceans up to record levels. In Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island, the difference in water levels can go up to 2.5 metres. It's one of the few times of the year when the old jetty, the ancient fisherman's pier, will be underwater for just about half an hour.

To find out when these weather extremes will happen next, check out the HK Obervatory's Predicted Tides page (up to Dec 2008). I have to admit to be quite fascinated by how Yung Shue Wan harbour changes during these extremes. See the most recent maximum high tide below, from July 13. Global warming will make the oceans rise significantly over the next decades. YSW will be one of the first communities to notice this side effect of global warming.

Photos (including a 360-degree panorama) from the visually very dramatic low tide will follow soon.

By the way, there's a serious mistake in the panorama above! It happened unintentionally, when the panorama program stitched together the 8 individual photos above. I noticed it too late and couldn't be bothered to re-stitch the entire panorama.

The first person to email me with the mistake, wins $100 in cash!


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