atmospheric tide


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atmospheric tide

[¦at·mə¦sfir·ik ′tīd]
(geophysics)
Periodic global motions of the earth's atmosphere, produced by gravitational action of the sun and moon; amplitudes are minute except in the upper atmosphere.
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Schulz and his team suspect that atmospheric tides could be involved in other phenomena that involve sliding surfaces, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and glacier movement.
Lunar atmospheric tides are thought to be weak, but could create favorable conditions for storms to strengthen.

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