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Old 11-03-2019, 08:04 AM
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Default What would happen if the earth stopped axial rotation for 1 hour?

My son's science teacher asked an interesting question

"What would happen if the earth stopped its axial rotation for 1 hour"

He asked me but I don't actually know, what do you think?
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We'd all fall off, except for the flat earthers.
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Originally Posted by phillyg View Post
We'd all fall off, except for the flat earthers.
haha

Actually what would happen if the earth came to a sudden halt, would we feel it? The earth rotates roughly 1000 MPH. I realize everything including the air is rotating that fast and therefore we don't "see" the rotation relative to anything on earth, but why don't we feel it?

Consider the fastest amusement park ride is roughly 150 MPH and you feel that pretty good.
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We're basically hosed...
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Originally Posted by makonnen View Post
haha

Actually what would happen if the earth came to a sudden halt, would we feel it? The earth rotates roughly 1000 MPH. I realize everything including the air is rotating that fast and therefore we don't "see" the rotation relative to anything on earth, but why don't we feel it?

Consider the fastest amusement park ride is roughly 150 MPH and you feel that pretty good.
Centripetal force and atmosphere.
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Everyone would all fall down, except weebles! Cus weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.
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You’d be pulled to the ground due to the extreme force of gravity. The earth’s rotation wants to spin us off the earth. The gravity (due to mass of our planet) wants to pull you to the center of the body of mass. They counteract each other in a fine balance. You lose the centrifugal rotation and all you have left is the massive gravitational pull.
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Originally Posted by makonnen View Post
haha

Actually what would happen if the earth came to a sudden halt, would we feel it? The earth rotates roughly 1000 MPH. I realize everything including the air is rotating that fast and therefore we don't "see" the rotation relative to anything on earth, but why don't we feel it?

Consider the fastest amusement park ride is roughly 150 MPH and you feel that pretty good.
The roller coaster isn't a good analogy. You feel the acceleration, changes in direction, and wind to feel the motion. I the roller coaster was in a constant direction and shielded from wind (and wind noise) you wouldn't feel the motion. Your eyes would detect the motion by the scenery, but you wouldn't really feel it.

If the earth suddenly stopped rotating, people would definitely feel it if it was a sudden stop. Everyone standing would fall down. Probably everything standing would fall down, buildings, etc. You'd have some wicked tidal waves everywhere as the water in the ocean would keep going and ride over the land masses.
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Depends on how you define the earth. Since we are all part of the planet including the atmosphere could be nothing until you baked or froze depending on what side you are on
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Depending on how fast it stopped, folks wouldn't just "fall down"... they'd go flying into the nearest fixed object, at up to roughly 1000 mph.

If it slowed down gradually, the first thing we'd probably notice is sever climate change. The side facing the sun would get progressively massively hotter, while the side facing away from the sun would get progressively massively colder. Winds would be ferocious until the planet actually stopped and the temperatures stabilized at "very very hot" on one side and "very very cold" on the other. Then the oceans and lakes on the cold side would start freezing over and the oceans and lakes on the hot side would start boiling.
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That damn plane would take off and crash.
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Originally Posted by RipTideBBQ View Post
You’d be pulled to the ground due to the extreme force of gravity. The earth’s rotation wants to spin us off the earth. The gravity (due to mass of our planet) wants to pull you to the center of the body of mass. They counteract each other in a fine balance. You lose the centrifugal rotation and all you have left is the massive gravitational pull.
do you feel that the fine balance could also be fine tuning?
just find it interesting how many things have to be so precise in order for life. Either by design or as some say, we hit the jackpot!😂
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Any more gravitational pull and im gonna need wheels under my sack...
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Originally Posted by Tossedabout View Post


do you feel that the fine balance could also be fine tuning?
just find it interesting how many things have to be so precise in order for life. Either by design or as some say, we hit the jackpot!😂
Yep, you could look at it either way. Fine balance or fine tuning. Fine tuning is a better way to look at it.
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Taking odds on how long before two learned scientists get into a massive debate about the physics. Bonus points if insult and name-calling ensues.

Personally, I think we'd all lose our balance and fall towards the West.

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The average adult male would immediately gain 0.6 pounds at the equator, decreasing gradually to zero at the North or South Pole.

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Global rotation. I See the next AlGore scam coming...
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Originally Posted by RipTideBBQ View Post
You’d be pulled to the ground due to the extreme force of gravity. The earth’s rotation wants to spin us off the earth. The gravity (due to mass of our planet) wants to pull you to the center of the body of mass. They counteract each other in a fine balance. You lose the centrifugal rotation and all you have left is the massive gravitational pull.
Do the math on the centripetal force this far out from the center of the ball. It doesn't amount to much at all.

When I get to a computer I will figure it out...

Nevermind... Yarcraft already did.

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