In the main resort province of Antalya, tourists and locals “lost” the Mediterranean Sea, and experts told shocked vacationers that the sea had “gone” to Africa. The water has receded significantly from the coast and left travelers wondering what happened and whether it will return to the beginning of the beach season.
According to Turkish media, the water receded abruptly from many beaches. This was especially noticeable in Manavgavt, where the water left the coast by 20 meters. Due to the exposure of the bottom, rocks and small islands formed on the coast of the sea. In addition, large pipes appeared on the surface, which were previously invisible, because. were under water.
However, Professor Mehmet Gökoğlu, lecturer at the Faculty of Aquaculture at Akdeniz University, assured tourists that this situation is normal: a strong northerly wind in the Bosphorus, the so-called poyraz, which blew in the Turkish region for several days, displaced water from Turkey towards Africa.
In real life, the planet is not covered by an even layer of water. There is land that prevents water from following the moon exactly. That is why in some places the difference between high and low tide is not very great, and in other places it is significant. In Turkey, this time the decrease in water in the Mediterranean Sea occurred by 20 meters from the original figure in just a few hours. However, this natural phenomenon is temporary: the water will return to the beaches of the resort when the wind changes.
“Due to a strong northerly wind from land to the sea, water retreated off the coast of Turkey and at about the same time there was a rise in water near coasts of Africa. When the wind blows from the south, the sea will return to normal. There is nothing to fear and worry about,” he assured.
By the way, because of the same wind, the beaches of Antalya were filled with dead and dangerous jellyfish for humans. Details in the article “Tourists in Antalya warned of a new danger that came from the sea.”
Ishan Budult, lecturer in the Department of Geography, explained to publications that the place where water meets land is called the coastline, which can change depending on waves and tides.
“In Turkey, tides are not common, the rise of water does not exceed 40 centimeters. Hot flashes are more common on the Pacific coast, in France and on some islands of Russia,” the expert noted.
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