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The King of Tides

On certain days throughout December and January, the ocean tides will be exceptionally high. British Columbia’s Climate Action Secretariat would like to see your photos of these ‘King Tides’.

King Tides happen twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter when the moon is closest to the earth and the gravitational forces of the sun and the moon are in a line. King Tides are at their highest during the winter, and while these high tides are not caused by global warming, they do give us a glimpse of what normal tides could look like 30-50 years from now.

The “King Tide Photo Intiative” is a B.C. government initiative with the purpose of raising awareness of the potential impacts that rising sea levels could have on B.C.’s coast. Learn more about this initiative and how you can be a part of it at the "King Tide Photo Initiative" group on Flickr.

Check out this article about B.C.'s King Tide Initiative at

(First posted December 23, 2010)