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Draw the force vectors on surrounding bits of water due to the
gravitational field of the mountain. Isn't there a lateral component
toward the mountain?

But why, I wonder, is it a "hump"? If the local gravitational constant
there is greater, why isn't there a "depression"?

Because the extra gravity there attracts more than its normal share of the
available fluid water.

Ah, but why is this so?? Another hand-waving argument might be that there
is a grreater gravitational force "down" therefore there will be a depresion
there. An appeal to potentials just adds another layer to the question.

If ocean water runs "up hill", why don't rivers?

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