The Influence of the Moon

The Influence of the Moon

There are three ways as to how the moon can affect life on earth:

  • Time
  • Tide
  • Light

The moon has been embedded in many life cycles of many organisms. It has been there ever since the evolution has been taking place, even far longer than that.

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The Moon and the tides

The tidal range is one of the most significant and observable effects the Moon has on Earth.

It has been shown in studies that the animals who habitat in coasts and seashores such as limpets, were found to be stronger than any man-made material ever made due to their remarkable adaptability to survive in ever-changing conditions.

There are organisms that have adapted to the fluctuating light levels that are being reflected by the Moon in which some rely on the moonlight to be able to navigate and procreate.

A great example for this is the Ephedra foeminea which is a plant that requires moonlight to produce sparkling droplets for it to be pollinated. Another is the dung beetles in which relies on the moonlight for navigation for safe travel.

  • Sand Hoppers: These are crustaceans that have two compasses (sun compass in their brain, moon compass in their antennae) that help them stay buried during the day and forage at night.
  • Corals: The lunar timing helps corals in the Great Barrier Reef spawn, so significantly that the changes can be seen in space.
  • Barau's Petrel: These are endangered seabirds that use the moon and the length of the day to synchronize migrations.

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