What would happen if the planet stopped spinning ?
- rogerLv 71 month ago
If it suddenly stopped we all die (TM) We would suddenly be travelling to the east at over 1000 mph (splat). And we would have one day per year.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Nothing at all (if you can dream up silly questions, I can dream up silly answers).
- 1 month ago
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.
- Steven SLv 72 months ago
The atmosphere and oceans would continue to spin at speeds in excess of 1000 m.p.h. Everything would be ripped off the face of the planet. Let’s keep that spin going.
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- busterwasmycatLv 72 months ago
how rapidly would you think of this happening? Anything but a very low rate of decrease in rotational speed would send us flying. Go read HG Wells, and the short story about the man who could work miracles. He made the mistake of stopping the earth in an attempt to freeze time (a poorly worded "miracle" led to the rotation to stop immediately rather than time to stop). Everything went tumbling along at several hundred miles per hour (he was in Britain so did not feel as great a speed change as someone at the equator would).
If the rotation change was slow enough, we could resist the force just like in a car slowing down rather than slamming on the brakes. Not everything would go flying, although certainly some things would fail and collapse.
The long term impacts would be to see development of temperature extremes that would make this place uninhabitable for almost all life. One side would freeze and the other would cook. Horrible winds and storms, and water currents trying to balance heat would result. It would be pretty nasty.
- Anonymous2 months ago
We would pass away because we would all tip over and then crack our heads open. So yeah
- audreyLv 72 months ago
We'd all fall off!
- DavonteLv 42 months ago
There would stop being Days.
Days will cease to exist.
- dewcoonsLv 72 months ago
The rotation of the planet is one of the reasons/causes of the planet revolving around the sun. If a planet were to stop (or greatly alter) its rotation it would no longer stay in place with its revolutions. It would go out of its orbit.
This would cause it to break free and move out into space no longer being part of the solar system, to fall into its sun and be destroyed, or to possibly be recaptured in a new higher or lower orbits.
Any life on the planet would most likely be totally destroyed. As well as the ecosystem on the planet would be radically altered.
- billrussell42Lv 72 months ago
Depending on the cause and speed of the stop, worse case, it could break apart into pieces of molten rock and iron. Other possibilities, oceans would sweep across the continents, tremendous heat due to energy of rotation converted into heat, enough to melt rock and boil the oceans.