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ESD | Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 291–299, 2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 291–299, 2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 20 Mar 2020

Research article | 20 Mar 2020

Back to the future II: tidal evolution of four supercontinent scenarios

Hannah S. Davies et al.

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We have confirmed that there is a supertidal cycle associated with the supercontinent cycle. As continents drift due to plate tectonics, oceans also change size, controlling the strength of the tides and causing periods of supertides. In this work, we used a coupled tectonic–tidal model of Earth's future to test four different scenarios that undergo different styles of ocean closure and periods of supertides. This has implications for the Earth system and for other planets with liquid oceans.
We have confirmed that there is a supertidal cycle associated with the supercontinent cycle. As...