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15 Things That Would Happen If The Earth Stopped Spinning

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15 Things That Would Happen If The Earth Stopped Spinning

We’re all lucky to be alive. Thanks to whatever or whoever is behind this universe, we get to enjoy nature, the company of others, and of course, life itself. The entire universe works in ways that make us wonder just how big and how marvelous it is outside this planet we live in. Even at our very own home planet, we’re still not familiar with all of the things that we should know. All we do know is that earth is at the right spot in the universe and it’s one of the reasons why we survive in it.

Humans’ naive nature has made it possible for geniuses to figure out most of the clockwork behind the earth. One of the earliest schools of thought regarding earth can be dated back as early as 470 BCE. The ancient Greeks of the Pythagorean order were one of the first to study the earth’s rotation. Since then, this scope of study has been developed into what we know today.

Now, the next question on our minds is: what would happen if the world would stop spinning? NASA discovered that the length of Earth’s day increases by 2.3 ms every 100 years. In the very far future, Earth, as we know it, will eventually come to a stop. Here are the things that would happen once the inevitable occurs.

15. It Might Not Rotate Again

The reason behind the Earth stopping is the moon. The force generated by the moon’s rotation around the Earth causes the days to go longer, and the spin to grow even slower. This problem isn’t for us to worry about as it would take millions of years before the moon finally stops the Earth from spinning, but when the inevitable does happen, will the Earth rotate again?

We all know why the Earth’s spin would stop, but why did it begin spinning in the first place? When our solar system was being formed, it started out as a cloud of hydrogen. That cloud of hydrogen received a boost from a supernova and this caused cold gas to fall inward through gravity. As it collapsed in on itself, it began to spin. The theory is that an event like this will be required to make the Earth spin once again. That would basically mean the Earth will need to be rebuilt from the ground up.

14. The Four Seasons Will Be No More

No one notices it, but the Earth isn’t at a proper angle. What we mean by this is that our world is actually tilted. This tilt might not mean much but it plays a major role in our daily lives. This small and unnoticeable axis is responsible for the four seasons; winter, spring, summer, and fall. Like most things on our planet, this axis is caused by the Earth’s constant spinning, so without it the Earth would slowly lose its tilt, and we would then lose our four seasons.

It’s hard to imagine what the world would be like today if we don’t get to enjoy the four seasons. There are many areas in which winter isn’t possible, but to those that have winter, they can say that snow and the cold climate are just some of the best things that life has to offer. Without the seasons, we wouldn’t only miss out on snow, the ecosystem will get jumbled up as well. Plants will have a harder time growing, animals will lose time to hibernate, and a lot of others more.

13. Days Will Last A Year Long

As the world rotates, our days pass by. It’s one of the first things we learn in school and it’s a marvellous wonder seeing the days go by right before our eyes. This marvellous wonder will still be available once the world stops spinning, but it would take a year long. Days, nights, as we know it, will last six months each respectively. It’ll be like a never-ending day or night for all of us if it’s that long.

Once the world stops spinning, one part of the world will be stuck with daylight, while the other will be stuck with nighttime for six months. This change would radically destroy the ecosystem we are all used to and most importantly,  the days will change only after a really long period. Sure, we would still have the concept of time but without the Earth making a full rotation around the sun, we’ll be stuck with the day the earth stood still.

12. One Hemisphere Will Be Very Hot

Once the Earth refuses to rotate even for a little bit, the world as we know it will be split in two. The other half will be stuck in daylight for a very long time, the other half will be stuck in darkness for again, a long time. Aside from the fact that the hemispheres will be stuck in either night or day, another thing to worry about once the Earth stops spinning is the temperature.

People who will be stuck on the side of the Earth still with daylight will have it worst. Since the sun is constantly shining down on one part of the Earth, everything on that side will experience heat. That heat will gradually increase as the layers that protect our atmosphere will slowly dissipate. The land will be dry as a desert, it will be always bright, and the unbearable heat. People who happen to be on Earth’s daytime side definitely have the short end of the stick.

11. One Hemisphere Will Be Very Cold

If the Earth stopped spinning, people would have to choose between long darkness and long light. We’re not trying to make it sound cool. One part of the Earth will really be stuck under the blistering heat of the sun. The other will have no sun at all. While being stuck under the sun is already horrible, let’s not forget that the other half wouldn’t have it easy either.

The other side will be scorched by the heat of the sun forever while the other half will be without any heat at all. It will be cold and without the sun, it will continue to get cold until things start freezing over. It’s a horrible thought. Aside from being very cold, the other side of the planet will also have trouble cultivating crops. Plants grow best with sunlight and without it, people; or the very few survivors of earth’s stopping, will have to make do with alternative methods.

10. Natural Disasters Like Earthquakes And Volcano Eruptions Will Happen A Lot More

There are a ton of things that would kill us all off if the Earth stops spinning. Most of these will be caused by the kinetic force and momentum of the earth.  It’s basically a pick-your-poison situation for us all. However, if there’s one option that would claim the most lives, it would have to be the natural disasters caused by the rattling of the Earth’s core.

Earthquakes and volcanoes are soon to follow once the Earth stops doing what it’s supposed to do. The destruction caused by these natural disasters will be impossible to recover from, but most importantly, we’d all perish because of these. We’ve seen just how horrible nature can be when it comes to the destruction it can cause. Think of that level of destruction and multiply it by hundreds and we’d get an idea of what’s to come.

9. The Moon Will Fall Down To Earth

There’s only one reason why the Earth will stop spinning and that’s because of the moon. During Earth’s early years, days were much shorter, but the pull caused by the rotating moon caused our days to become longer. The moon adds a few seconds to our days every century and, soon enough, it will stop the world completely. But the moon’s troubles don’t end then and there.

After the Earth stops in its tracks, the moon will also begin slowly stopping. No one has determined how long exactly will it take for the moon to make a complete stop, but once it does, it will fall to Earth. This fall will cause major destruction again and the Earth will be lucky if more than half of it is still okay after the impact caused by the moon falling on its surface.

8. The Magnetic Field Protecting Earth Could Disappear

If the natural calamities that come once the world stops spinning don’t kill us, then there are other things coming that definitely would do the job. The world protects us in ways that we can’t see. One of those unseen protectors of our daily lives is the magnetic field that surrounds the Earth. Scientists say that there’s a good chance we can say goodbye to this magnetic field once the Earth stops spinning.

This magnetic field protects us from the all too powerful sun. Without it, we’d be exposed to the harmful effects of radiation and solar flares. If we do manage to survive all of the disasters that would come, then radiation will slowly but surely kill us. Not even all of the best doctors in the world combined can protect us from wave after wave of radiation given out by the sun. Dying from radiation is slow and harsh; we’d rather go with the disasters.

7. The Shape Of The Earth Will Change

If you ask a kid what the shape of the Earth is, there’s a good chance that he or she will say that it’s a circle or in some very rare cases, they might say the Earth is flat. They’ll be in for a shock when they grow older and learn that the Earth isn’t a circle; it’s an oblate spheroid. Thanks to the force created by the Earth’s spin, the Earth turns into an oblate shape as it goes flat around the north and south poles, but that will be gone once the Earth stops spinning.

With no momentum behind it, the shape of the Earth will become different. Instead of being an oblate spheroid, the Earth will change to a complete circle. We wouldn’t feel the difference between a circle and an oblate Earth, though, but our world having a completely different shape when it stops spinning is a sight we’d like to see for ourselves.

6. A New Continent Will Form

Before the continents that we know and see today were formed, the Earth started out as a planet with one huge supercontinent. As time passed, the Earth changed and that one huge continent split into several parts throughout the course of millions of years. If the world comes to a stop, then the Earth will revert back to its early days and become a world with one giant continent.

The centrifugal force created by the Earth’s rotation causes the water from our oceans to be where they are now. If the Earth stops, that centrifugal force disappears. With no force behind it, all the water will flow back to the north and south pole and at the center of the world, there will come a huge continent that spans across the Earth. Of course, we won’t be alive to witness this change anymore but the thought of seeing earth change through our eyes would be an amazing sight to see.

5. A Very Powerful Wind Will Blow

When we were kids, we always asked about the speed the world is spinning at. Looking up at the sky, it looks like the speed isn’t that impressive. Although we don’t feel it, the world is actually spinning at really high speeds! According to research, the world is spinning at around 1,667 km/h. Imagine what would happen if the Earth suddenly stopped.

We’ve all experienced what it feels like to be in a speeding car that suddenly came to a stop. The momentum and the sudden break causes our body to fling forward. If the Earth came to a sudden stop, the momentum from the spin and sudden forced stop would cause a lot of things to get destroyed due to powerful winds. Cars would be flung away. Buildings, windows, and other structures might not even be able to withstand the force. Most importantly, we’d all be literally blown away as well.

4. Tidal Waves Will Come

If the Earth suddenly stops, almost everything we know and love will get destroyed. All of this will be caused by the very powerful gust of wind that will come if the Earth’s momentum suddenly comes to a halt. That same gust of wind will be the cause of other disasters, but perhaps the most terrifying one would have to be tidal waves and tsunamis. With this disaster, almost no one will survive.

The winds will blow to the east and from there, huge tsunamis and tidal waves will begin forming. We’re all too familiar with what havoc a tsunami can cause, and there’s a good chance that the one coming after the Earth stops will be way bigger and more powerful. While waves on the beach don’t feel like much of a threat to us, we should treat tsunamis and tidal waves differently as they could level houses and take human lives.

3. Everything Would Fly Off To The East

The world is spinning at high speeds and we all know that. Although we don’t feel the speed at which the Earth is moving, it is still moving very fast. Another thing we all know is that Earth spins in one direction only; east! If the Earth comes to a grinding stop rather than a gradual halt, everything and doesn’t have a very solid footing on the ground will fly off to the east.

Knowing where we’ll all be flying off to could be key to how we survive. At least by then we’ll be able to brace ourselves when the Earth’s momentum comes to a sudden halt. We’ll all be flying at speeds reaching up to 1600 km/h. If the Earth does stop, hold on tight to whatever it is that’s stable and hope for the best. Just make sure that nothing heavy comes flying in your direction.

2. We’d Probably Go Extinct

The harsh reality is, whatever happens after the world stops, we’d either die during the process or shortly after it happened. Although it would be cool to see a motionless Earth, the fact is that Earth will be uninhabitable once that happens. Sad to say, we won’t be able to see the supercontinent, sides of eternal darkness and eternal light, extreme cold and extreme heat, or all the other things that occur when the Earth stops.

The moment the Earth stops, it’s already going to be a struggle for survival. The strong winds could destroy everything in our way and those in the cities will have to recover from the wind fast if they want to get away from all the rubble. If they do survive that, then the next big hurdle is getting through the tidal waves. It’s the end of all of us once the Earth stops spinning. So as early as now, it’s best we appreciate the small things in life.

1. The World Will Become Uninhabitable

There will be a lot of things happening once the world stops spinning. That spin is very crucial for the survival of humans, animals, and almost all living things on this planet. Once the dust settles and all the calamity has happened, the Earth will be no more and there’s a very high chance that it will become yet another uninhabitable planet in the solar system.

Extreme temperatures are just some of the things that would be occupants of the still Earth will have to face. Aside from that, the future inhabitants will also have to worry about the impending crashing of the moon. If the future, if inhabitants are really set on living on Earth, then they’d better adapt very quickly and they should begin thinking of ways to combat future calamities to come. From the sound of things, humans have a better chance of surviving on Mars than on a still Earth.

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