What If Earth Started Spinning Twice as Fast Right Now?

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First it’s important to understand that the Earth spins at different speeds Depending on where you are standing At the Equator, Earth spins at a speed of 1670 kilometers per hour The farther away you get from the Equator, the slower the spin you experience So the Poles are where Earth spins the slowest If Earth immediatedly began spinning twice as fast The first thing you might notice is a little bit of weight loss Because the centripetal force of Earth’s rotation is stronger at the Equator Everything weighs slightly less here than at the Poles Currently, if you weigh 45 kilograms at the North Pole You would weigh 156 grams less at the Equator With Earth spinning twice as fast A person that weighs 104 kilograms at the North Pole would weigh about half a kilogram less at the Equator Which is slightly more noticeable But a much more obvious effect would be the lenght of our days at 12 hours instead of 24 Days being half as long means that years will have twice as many days 730 days to be exact So we would need to create a new calendar pretty quick You’d have to adopt a new sleeping schedule in order to fit in your work and school during your daylight hours So instead of getting 8 hours of sleep per night Most people would probably be getting 4 hours of sleep But sleep twice as often If you’re like me and stay up all night, well, good luck Animals across the globe would also struggle to adapt their instincts Specially nocturnal animals that would have to hunt at night with half the time they are currently used to Animals that couldn’t adapt would likely go extinct Also, hurricanes would be dramatically stronger Winds at the Equator would be deflected further eastward And it would spin up hurricanes to faster speeds whenever they form But that’s not even close to the worst thing that would happen to our planet The worst part about an Earth that spins twice as fast Would be the water in the oceans concentrating around the Equator And receding from the Poles The higher centrifugal force would pull 100 meters or more Of ocean water from the Poles here And this would be wildly catastrophic Almost all of Equador, Colombia, Venezuela, Brasil Kenia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Northern Australia would be totally underwater in this scenario Forcing hundreds of millions of people to move either North or South Only the highest peaks like the Andes in South America Or mount Kilamanjaro in Africa would remain above the raising waves Which would form new islands out of what used to be entire continents Africa would probably be split into 2 different land masses With a few islands scattered between them While South America would just be greatly reduced in size One final reason that it would suck to be in the Equator during this scenario Is that the less weight experienced would cause the air to be very heavy with moisture The whole region would be shrouded in a very dense fog And would be subject to constant rain Combine this with a super powerful new hurricanes And the Equator would be an extremely hazardous place This means the Equator would be a significant geographical barrier Between the Northern hemisphere And what remains of the Southern hemisphere One final consequence would be at least a momentary loss Of satelite-based technology like GPS Geostationary satelites orbit the Earth at a speed that matches the planet’s rotation So that it can stay in place over the same spot on Earth’s surface If Earth’s rotation speeds up then the satelites won’t be in the correct positions anymore Which means everything from GPS, TV broadcasting As well as military and intelligence communications could be disrupted The speed of Earth in reality is constantly fluctuating billion years ago, our planet spun at a rate of 4 hours per day And during the time of the Dinosaurs It spun at 22 hours per day Earth’s rotation is actually slowing down every few million years Because of the gravitational Pole of our Moon And that slowing trend will continue 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