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What Would Happen If The Earth Stopped Spinning?

Well! Practically the probability for this event will never happen in the next few billion years to come.

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If the Earth ever stopped spinning, then suddenly, the atmosphere would still be in motion with the Earth's original 1100 mile per hour rotation speed at the equator.

Every of the land masses would be scoured clean of anything that is not attached to the bedrock. So this simply means that, rocks, topsoil, trees, buildings, your pet dog, and so on, would be swept away up into the atmosphere.

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Now, If the process happen gradually over billions of years, the situation would be very totally different, and it is this possibility which is the most likely as the constant twisting force of the Sun and Moon upon the Earth finally reaches it's conclusion.

If the rotation period slowed to 1 rotation every 365 days, a condition called 'sun synchronous', every spot in the Earth would have permanent daytime or night time all year long. This will be similar to the situation on the Moon where for 2 weeks the front-side is enlightened by the Sun, and for 2 weeks the back side is enlightened.

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This situation for the Earth isn't the condition of 'stopped' rotation, but it's as close as the laws of physics will let the Earth get.

If it stopped spinning totally...not even for once every 365 days, we would get 1/2 year daylight and 1/2 year night time.

And during daytime for 6 months, the surface temperature would depend on your latitude being far hotter than it is now at the equator of the poles, where the light rays are more slanted and the heating efficiency is lower.

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This long-term temperature gradient would alter the atmospheric wind circulation pattern so that the air would move from the equator to the poles rather than in wind systems parallel to the equator like they are now.

The annually change in the position of sun which is in the sky would now be just it's seasonal motion up and down the sky towards the south due to the orbit of the Earth and its axial tilt.

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As you would moved along constant lines of Earth latitude, you would see the elevation of the Sun increase or decrease in the sky just as we now see the elevation of the Sun changes from a single point on the Earth due to the daily rotation of the Earth.

For insurance, if you were at a latitude of +24 degrees North in the Summer and at a longitude where the Sun was exactly overhead, it would then slide slowly to the horizon as fall approached, but since the Sun has moved ninety (90) degrees in it's orbit, it would now be due west.

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Then immediately as we approach Winter, you would now be located at the dark side of the Earth, and would have to travel in longitude to a location 180 degrees around the Earth in order to see the Sun 1/2 way up the sky because in the Winter, the Sun is 48 degrees south of its summer location in the sky.

It's a little bit confusing, but if you would use a globe of the Earth and orient it the right way, you can see how all this works out.

As for other effects, presumably the magnetic field of the Earth is generated by a dynamo effect that involves its rotational movement.

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If the Earth stopped rotating, it's magnetic field would no longer be regenerated and it would decompose away to some very low residual value due to the very small component which is 'fossilized' in its iron-rich rocks.

There would be no more northern lights, and the Van Allen radiation belts would probably vanish, just as in our protection from cosmic rays and other high-energy particles. This is a significant biohazard.

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Top Comments
udehsabastine_01 · 06/25/2020
the Earth will be in a free fall, into the sun
DerrickQuarm · 06/25/2020
it's very dangerous

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