What would happen if the Earth stopped spinning?

Round and round the planet goes, but when it stops where do oceans flow?

12th January 2012
What would happen if the Earth stopped spinning? (Getty)

Asked by: Umang Rajbhandari

Well, despite what you might think, we won’t all be flung into space. It would mean the loss of the 24-hour cycle of day and night. The end of the daily grind would have another spectacular effect on Earth: the complete redrawing of the world. With centrifugal effect of rotation gone, the oceans would flow to where gravity is strongest: over the poles. That would lead to a vast continent appearing around the Equator, bounded north and south by sea.

 


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