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Tapping the Motion of the Ocean: Could the Tides Power Our World?

The city of Eastport, Maine is made up of a small group of islands just to the east of the eastern-most point of our eastern-most state. It...

The city of Eastport, Maine is made up of a small group of islands just to the east of the eastern-most point of our eastern-most state. It houses about 1,300 residents, known for their dry humor, for their humbling heartiness, and for watching the sun rise hours before the rest of us get out of bed. The city boasts its annual pirate festival, its vague tie to a Mickey Rooney movie about a dragon, and the rip-roaring ocean tides that sweep its shores. To the east of Eastport lies Passamaquoddy Bay—an inlet of the Bay of Fundy through which 70 billion cubic feet of tidal water flow every six hours. For over 90 years, harnessing this tremendous force to generate electricity has been on the minds of Mainers. In September of 2012, their wait was over.

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