It would have a catastrophic effect on us if the Earth's rotation stopped. But can we count on this kind of risk at all?
Imagine walking on a sunny beach somewhere along the equator. Below us, the Earth is rotating eastward at a speed of 1,674 kilometers per hour. However, because sand and everything else in our environment moves at the same speed, our gait actually appears to be walking at a slow, relaxed pace.
However, if the Earth's rotation suddenly stopped, it would have dramatic devastating effects; Based on Newton's first law of inertia, all living things and objects will fly east at a speed of 1674 kilometers per hour, and no one and nothing will survive this, the impact will destroy everything and everyone.
He added, “The operation will affect the water, but the buildings and trees will not be safe either, even though the latter are rooted in the ground.” For Business Insider magazine Joseph Levy, a geoscience researcher at Colgate University. The scientist explained that due to the sudden stop of the earth, the inertia that pushes the buildings towards the east will be much stronger than the mortar that holds the bricks together, and thus the building structures will be torn apart.
The greatest chance of survival will be at the North and South Poles, because the axis of rotation here and therefore the speed of rotation is much smaller.
What would happen if the planet gradually slowed down?
With a gradual slowdown lasting months or weeks, the devastation would not be so horrific, but we would not be able to avoid our fate anyway. The duration of day and night will change radically, and the daylight period will last six months instead of 12 hours. The non-stop hot sun will roast nearby plants and evaporate a lot of water on the sun-facing side of the planet.
Even a night that lasted for six months would be fatal. The lack of light and heat will likely kill many of the remaining plants, and the water will freeze into a layer of ice. People living at higher latitudes will be safer because sunlight will not be as intense near the poles.
Meanwhile, we have to get used to the nomadic lifestyle and spend the short remaining part of our lives chasing sunlight. If that is not enough, we must also take into account the consequences of extreme weather.
When only one hemisphere receives intense solar radiation for several months, a second lateral temperature gradient develops on the planet, making weather prediction more difficult. Because of this unpredictability, we will not be able to adapt to radical changes.
Could there be a state in which the Earth's rotation stops?
It is the rotation of the Earth Tides It slows down anyway because of this phenomenon. This is due to the influence of the Moon's gravity, which slows down the rotation of our planet by 2.3 milliseconds per century. Therefore, our heavenly companion will probably never be able to stop Earth completely.
The Earth is much larger than the Moon, and therefore has much greater angular momentum – It is to explain Collection. Most likely, human impacts are not able to stop the Earth's rotation.