NM9134 : Falls of Lora - 1981

taken 37 years ago, near to Connel, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Falls of Lora - 1981
Falls of Lora - 1981
The Falls of Lora is a tidal race which forms at the mouth of Loch Etive when a particularly high tide runs out from the loch. They form white water rapids for two to five days either side of the spring tides.
The falls are generated when the water level in the Firth of Lorn (i.e. the open sea) drops below the level of the water in Loch Etive as the tide goes out. As the seawater in Loch Etive pours out through the narrow mouth of the loch, it passes over a rocky shelf which causes the rapids to form. As the tide rises again there is a period of slack water when the levels are the same on either side. However due to the narrow entrance to the Loch, the tide rises more quickly than the water can flow into the Loch. Thus there is still considerable turbulence at high tide caused by flow into the Loch. Thus, unlike most situations where slack water is at high and low tides, in the case of the Falls of Lora slack water occurs when the levels on either side are the same, not when the tidal change is at its least. As a result the tidal range is much greater on the coast than it is inside the loch. A 3 metres range at Oban may produce only a 1.3 metres at Bonawe on the loch shore.
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Date Taken
August 1981   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 10 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 9114 3454 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:27.3960N 5:23.4706W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 91134 34677
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