What would happen if the Earth stopped spinning? © Getty Images

What would happen if the Earth stopped spinning?

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

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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