Parallax Inequality

Science / Tides and Currents / Parallax Inequality: The variation in the range of tide or in the speed of a tidal current due to changes in the distance of the Moon from the Earth. The range of tide and speed of the current tend alternately to increase and decrease as the Moon approaches its perigee and apogee, respectively, the complete cycle being the anomalistic month. There is a similar but relatively unimportant inequality due to the Sun, the cycle being the anomalistic year. The parallax has little direct effect upon the lunitidal intervals but tends to modify the phase effect. When the Moon is in perigee, the priming and lagging of the tide due to the phase is diminished and when in apogee the priming and lagging is increased.

Other Words for Inequality

Inequality Noun Synonyms: disparity, difference, discrepancy, unevenness, nonconformity, incongruence, incongruity, inconsistency, dissimilarity, imbalance

Age Of Parallax Inequality

Science / Tides and Currents / Age Of Parallax Inequality: The time interval be tween perigee of the Moon and the maximum effect of parallax upon range of tide or speed of the tidal current. This age may be computed from the harmonic constants by the formula: MORE


Science / Tides and Currents / Inequality: A systematic departure from the mean value of a tidal quantity. See diurnal inequality, parallax inequality, and phase inequality. MORE

Parallax Reduction

Science / Tides and Currents / Parallax Reduction: A processing of observed high and low waters to obtain quantities depending upon changes in the distance of the Moon, such as perigean and apogean ranges. MORE