Earthly Mission

What Earth Would Look Like If It Stopped Spinning

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No, this is not science fiction. This demonstration by Witold Fraczek at ESRI uses the capabilities of GIS to model the results of an extremely unlikely, yet intellectually fascinating query: What would happen if the earth stopped spinning? Well, in short, the oceans would gradually migrate toward the poles and cause land in the equatorial region to emerge. This would eventually result in a huge equatorial megacontinent and two large polar oceans. (Click images to enlarge. You can read/download the whole article as a PDF here.) And here’s what would happen to the US and Central America:

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