What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning?

You spin me right round, baby. Rob Ludacer/Tech Insider via YouTube

Our floating football of a planet spins at around 1,610 kilometers per hour (1,000 miles per hour) at the equator. But hypothetically speaking, what would happen if that rotation suddenly stopped?

As this animation from Tech Insider shows, Earth's spin is crucial for life as we know it. So much so, it’s fair to assume that all life (and a lot of land) on Earth would be utterly screwed without it. Find out why in the video below.


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