Roger Higgs writes: Wells et al. (2005a,b) produced an innovative and thought-provoking numerical model of tides in the Late Carboniferous seaway of NW Europe, predicting very low tidal ranges (<1 m), consistent with the scarcity of sedimentary evidence for (weak) tides reported in the corresponding rocks. Based on the model, Wells et al. (2005a) argued intuitively that tidal range was minimum during (glacioeustatic) highstands, and maximum during lowstands (and transgressions). I would argue the converse.

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During highstands, not only was the water volume (mass) greater, leading potentially to larger tides, but also...

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