Why does the Mediterranean have small tides?

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Why does the Mediterranean have small tides?
« on: 16/01/2014 14:36:20 »
Why does the Mediterranean have small tides?
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Re: Why does the Mediterranean have small tides?
« Reply #1 on: 07/01/2014 22:08:18 »
The Atlantic has an average depth of about 3,300 meters.
The Pacific has an average depth of about 4,300 meters.
The Mediterranean has an average depth of about 1,500 meters. 

So, not only is the basin broader, but it is also deeper, and thus a larger column of water affected by the moon's gravity.