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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 8 months ago

What would happen if the planet stopped spinning ?

If the Earth stopped spinning suddenly, the atmosphere would still be in motion with the Earth's original 1100 mile per hour rotation speed at the equator. ... This means rocks, topsoil, trees, buildings, your pet dog, and so on, would be swept away into the atmosphere.

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  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    8 months ago
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    Everything would continue going forward in the same direction as they were as the earth was moving through space..  Think of yourself in a moving car.  What happens when the car suddenly stops?  The same thing would happen to just about everything on the surface of the planet. The oceans would slosh onto the land in a gigantic tsunmai.  The earth's gravity could be sufficient to retain most of the atmosphere.  After a short while both the atmosphere and the oceans would attain equilibrium over the entire surface. 

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    So if you know the answer, why ask the question.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Nothing.  If you can make up silly requirements, I can make up equally silly results.

  • 8 months ago

    you would definitely see a debris cloud from all the loose materials at the earth surface continuing on when the rocky part beneath came to a stop.  Earthquakes, tidal waves, volcanoes, would also happen, but the biggest thing is that soil and everything on the soil would skip along the surface of the earth until it lost its kinetic energy.

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  • 8 months ago

    The rocks, topsoil, pets, atmosphere, etc. spin with the earth. Therefore if the Earth suddenly stopped rotating then they, as part of our planet, would stop too.

    This sounds counter intuitive, but think of it like a helicopter. Even though it can travel in any direction, when hovering, the planet underneath doesn't pass it by.

    Hence the helicopter isn't totally independent of the Earth when flying, even though it could seem that way.

  • 8 months ago

    Yes, which is why the story in the Bible where Joshua stops the Sun can be nothing but mythology.

  • 8 months ago

    I would finally stop falling over.

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    The Earth would not have gravity or any atmosphere so no thunderstorms. No electromagnetism for compasses. Satellites would spin off out into space. Ocean water would float around. Half of the Earth would get Sunshine and burn up. The other half of the Earth would freeze solid. The Moon would fly off. 

  • 8 months ago

    If the Earth stopped suddenly, angular momentum would throw most of us into space. Those living near the poles would be spared, but the sudden jolt would probably be fatal.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Thanks for that info. 

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