FEB 18, 2016 2:03 PM PST

Ever Wonder What Would Happen if Earth Stood Still?

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

Earth rotates on its axis at a mind-numbing speed of 1037 miles per hour (or 1670 kilometers per hour). But, amazingly, we don't feel the slight bit dizzy from this speed. We only know and feel Earth's rotation by observing the shift in night and day, and the movement of other planetary bodies around us.

Though we can't feel it, Earth's rotation matters a whole lot - as in, we wouldn't be here without it. If the Earth suddenly stopped spinning, our world, as we know it, would completely desolate. Time, weather patterns, electromagnetic forces, and cosmic rays would all be affected, creating an extremely inhospitable planet where no life form could survive. Watch the video to get a better appreciation Earth's rotation and all that's possible because of it.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
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