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California king tides used as climate change lesson

  • A wave breaks under the Golden Gate Bridge at high tide Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 in Oakland, Calif. The National Weather Service says so-called King Tides — caused by a rather unique combination of how the sun, the moon and the earth align — will bring the highest tides of the year on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Along with the high tides, forecasters say a building swell will bring large breaking waves to area beaches. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the combination of high tides and surf has flooded some parking lots in San Francisco and in Marin County. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO — Environmental advocates in Northern California plan to take photographs of some of the highest tides of the year to draw attention to what climate change could do decades from now.

The so-called king tides are expected to peak during the next several days, with surges over 9 feet in some areas. The phenomenon is caused by a unique alignment of the sun, moon and earth.

The tides already produced some minor flooding in low-lying areas.

The goal of the King Tides Initiative is to preview what rising sea levels could bring in 2070.


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