Curious and interesting thought. I am not a physics major myself but the first concern to my mind is the magnetic field. This would collapse, in my opinion, and would virtually shut down all flight and probably leave all electronics and HP mute. That's probably far fetched but it's a thought. I guess the proper thing to do is observe those objects out there that do not spin. I believe Mercury is one and even the Moon. From my last research Mercury has extreme differences from the dark side from the lit side.
I do know it would affect weather.. in my study of meteorology I learned that all weather is caused by movement of air, which is in turn caused by the spinning of the earth. So that would really throw things off balance.
We would either have no weather or insane weather... or maybe really crazy weather for a while and then eventually all air would stop moving.. ?
The most obvious effect would be that the light side would get very warm and the dark side very cold.
I doubt gravity would be affected since that is more a function of the earth's size than rotation.
Based on something I saw awhile back that showed how the rotation causes earth to bulge in the middle along the equator, I'll bet that no spin would probably have some pretty cataclysmic geological effects.
If it just stopped suddenly without deccelerating, we would all fly off, including houses, buildings, water....due to our tendency to keep moving. But after taking a huge flight in the air, most if not all would fall back to Earth again (need some calculations here). Night and day would be 365 days, instead of 24 hours. The weather would go nuts!
Reaching back in memory (a few years) it seems that I learned that the Earth's spin aids in keeping it in it's proper orbit. If so than to stop spinning would probably push us farther from the sun instilling a much colder pattern. I guess... Who knows, perhaps we would be, truly, kissing cousins with Mars!
its slowing as we speak. wind power and tidal generators .sound like a great idea . but when you harness the momentum of planet functions you run the risk of adversely altering the delicate rate of earth revolution
Wow. I think the rotation of the earth has a lot to do with the life on it. The changing of the seasons, The constant variations in temperature with daytime and night-time heating, or cooling. But, for it to just come to an abrupt stop. I don't think anything would happen intially, we might not even notice. But, if it did not start rotating again, the long term results would be pretty horrific.
First, I think there would be a lot of panic. As in, why is it still daytime in New York City 5 days in a row! People on the dark side of the earth would probably freak out even more!
Then there is the weather, and the oceans would probably flood a good portion of low lying areas. But, the earth is so large, there may just be a shifting of the oceans, certainly tidal waves would occur, but, I think it would subside.
This is just a really interesting question...and a scary one! Like what if a giant meteor hit Manhattan! Yikes!
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