Q&A: How does solar energy help power the motion of water in Earth’s oceans?

Question by AnyoneOutThere: How does solar energy help power the motion of water in Earth’s oceans?
Solar energy is the driving force of weather on Earth. In the water cycle, the sun is responsible for evaporation of ocean water. If you have anything to add or if I am wrong please correct me. Thank you in advance to all the smart astronomers who are willing to help.

Best answer:

Answer by bboyReLive
the hydrologic cycle is driven by evaporation, condensation and precipitation to say the absolute least.

but the motion of Earth’s oceans and tides is mostly affected by the MOON; the sun contributes a little less than the moon based on its vast distance.

so you’re right about the water cycle, but the motion of oceans is mostly due to the moon and plate tectonics

(To be honest, geologists would probably know more about this than astronomers 😉 just sayin’)

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One Response to “Q&A: How does solar energy help power the motion of water in Earth’s oceans?”

  1. I think that Coriolis has a lot to do with ocean currents

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