Tides can take place a few times of the day or can be less frequent depending on the geography of the area. These generally take place in a fixed pattern and an area may have the same number of high and low tides during the day. The length of the tides can greatly vary and it can go on for hours. You can get a tidal report which comes from the weather stations that monitor the activity of the oceans. If you are going out on your boat or to go surfing it might be a good idea to check the tidal report before leaving.
It is possible that smaller water bodies such as lakes may also have tides at a smaller scale in the right conditions.
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Waves are caused by winds that blow over an ocean. There are several factors that decide the size of the wave including the wind speed, the period for which the wind blows, the distance to which the wind slides, the depth of water and so on.
There is no fixed time or size of the waves and they keep on taking place all day long. They can move inland as well if the waves get too big.
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