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Space and Physics

What Would Happen If The Earth Were Flat?

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Kristy Hamilton

West Coast Editor

clockDec 8 2014, 18:48 UTC
204 What Would Happen If The Earth Were Flat?
Screen capture from Vsauce video.

We all know that the Earth is not flat. Well, almost all of us. But if it were, what would happen? Would people fall off the edge when they reached the end? 

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“With the right density and thickness, living in the middle could feel pretty normal,” said Michael Stevens from Vsauce. “But as you move toward the edge, gravity on a disk Earth would slightly skew, pushing at a greater and greater angle back toward the center.”

If you were to approach the edge of this flat world, the fear of falling away from the edge—not off of it—would actually occur because of gravity. To learn more, watch the latest episode from Vsauce.


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