NOV 25, 2018 10:31 PM PST

What If Earth Spun the Other Way?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

If once upon a time the Earth spun the other way—the seasons wouldn’t change because of the Earths tilt. But, what would change is the climate as well as the sun rising in the West and setting in the East. Another difference is the wind and ocean “gyres” would be reversed. Additionally, a crucial aspect of our weather patterns is the “Coriolis Effect”—the phenomena that causes the winds at the equator to blow toward the west opposing the direction of the earth’s spin at the equator. Agricultural regions would likely have to move so the farmers plant new crops and many cities would grow in new favorable areas, while others would decline.

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About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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