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# If the earth stopped spinning

• Earth would take a whole year to cycle from night to day and back. Cities would be in darkness for half the year and in sunlight the other half.
• The polar regions would be deep underwater. When the Earth rotates, centrifugal force causes the planet to bulge along the equator. Without a bulge, all the extra water held in place along the equator would return toward the poles.
• The Earth magnetic field might go away, leaving us exposed to harmful solar winds.

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### Why the Earth spins

Earth spins on its axis as it revolves around the sun.

Newton's first law of motion states that an object remains in the state of motion it's in unless another force acts upon it.

Before there were planets in our solar system, there was a spinning nebulous ...

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### Entertaining the idea of a still-standing earth

The assumption that the Earth can stop spinning is far-fetched. But, what if something changed the Earth's rotation? Let's assume the Earth stopped spinning gradually.

And let's suppose that Earth's ecosystems have survived the transition. What would the new world look like?

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### The earth spins faster than the speed of sound

The Earth spins at the speed of 1,036 miles per hour (1,667 kilometres per hour).

• The tides can slow the Earth's rotation speed and add about 2.3 milliseconds to our day every century.
• Weather systems can also change the Earth's rotation.

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The magnetic fields of the sun distort and twist as the Earth rotates on its axis. When these fields become knotted together, they create sunspots. Usually, these sunspots occur in pairs.

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