Nova Scotia, out and about
Rob & Frances Lythgoe
Mon 3 Aug 2015 00:02
We rented a car and visited Halifax which was a bit of a disappointment, but only because it was a long holiday weekend, glorious weather, and there were lots of special events going on. All these added up to it being absolutely rammed with people which wasn't what we were expecting. We don't do well with crowds any more! We also drove across to the west shore on the Bay of Fundy where the worlds biggest tides are. Here the water in this big bay rises and falls up to 16m or 52 feet twice a day. There is a point in the bay where more water flow than the sum of the outflow of all the rivers in the world, four times every day. That takes some thinking about. Apparently 14 billion tonnes of water passes four times a day. The scenery that you go through whilst driving across Nova Scotia is pristine and spectacular, though fairly flat/undulating.
Here are a couple of before tide and after tide shots of Halls Harbour. Some of you may think there's nothing particularly special about a tidal harbour, but the tide had already risen 24ft BEFORE it even touched the wharf. These photos were an hour or so apart, not six hours!
The information board told us that if harnessed, there was sufficient power in the flow to power the world, or something like that. They put a test turbine on the sea bed but it disintegrated in no time, and then there were the animal rights people complaining because fish got sucked into it and died. It seems unbelievable that we haven't managed to harness this energy yet.