At low tide, where does the receding water physically go?

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At low tide, where does the receding water physically go?

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To the area where the tide is high.

Low tide here is high tide somewhere else. If you pour a little bit of water into a dish and slosh it around, the water moves from one place to another. That’s all that’s happening in the oceans, it’s just caused by gravity instead.

Tides are basically giant, ocean-wide waves. When the tide is coming in and then reaching high, that’s the wave approaching and “crashing on the beach” so to speak. When the tide recedes and then reaches low, that’s the wave pulling back.

High tides and low tides are caused by the moon. The moon’s gravitational pull generates something called the tidal force. The tidal force causes Earth—and its water—to bulge out on the side closest to the moon and the side farthest from the moon. … When you’re not in one of the bulges, you experience a low tide.