Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fun With Science

Popsci has an article up describing what the Earth might look like without it's spin.

It appears that the centripetal force due to the planets spin causes the waters of the oceans to be drawn down to the equator, and actually results in a slight bulge on the oceans surface. Stop the rotation, gently, I presume, and the water runs back up to the poles, leaving an equatorial continent.

Down in the comments are lot's of geekey nitpicking as to what else would happen, but let's look at one outcome at a time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What would Washington DC look like without the spin?