The Moon's Importance

                                                        Alyssa Frischenmeyer

                                                                   5th Hour

.                                                         The Moon's Role

.          The moon impacts Earth in many ways.  There are eight moon phases, four different types of tides, and many types of eclipses.  Each of the following paragraphs will break down and explain moon phases, tides, and eclipses.

.          The eight phases of the moon are: the new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbons, full moon, waning gibbons, third quarter, and the waning crescent.  We have phases because the moon rotates on its axis and revolves around Earth.  The moon affects Earth by pulling on the oceans and distorts them, causing tides.

        The types of tides are: spring tides, neap tides, high tides, and low tides.  Tides occur because the Moon's gravity pulls on Earth's oceans and causes high and low tides.  Spring tides occur on full and new moons.  Neal tides occur on third and first quarter.  Tides affect us here on Earth because the water surrounding the Earth and on the Earth rises and lowers causing boats and other "floating" objects to increase and decrease in height.

          There are many types of eclipses.  There are solar eclipses and lunar eclipses. There are partial solar and lunar eclipses and there are total solar and lunar eclipses.  Eclipses occur hen an object comes between the sun and the Earth, it czars a shadow on that object, causing an eclipse.   Eclipses affect Earth because they moon either blocks light from Earth or Earth blocks light from the moon casting a shadow on it.

         The moon is important because it causes tides and helps with climate control.  Life would be very different if the moon never existed.  There would be no high or low tides.  We would have a more extreme climate, darker nights, and the days would be shorter.  The moon plays a huge role in today's life!

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