Tide Mill Conference
The New England coastline was once the home of hundreds of tide mills, but this technology has now passed into history.
A tide mill is a water mill that is driven by the power inherent in the tides. A dam is created across a suitable tidal inlet or a section of a river estuary to form a mill pond reservoir. As the tide comes in, it enters the pond through a one-way gate, which closes automatically when the tide begins to fall. When the tide is low enough, the stored water can be released to turn a water wheel. Tide mills have existed since the Middle Ages.
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