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Do you think earth's rotation can be slowed down ..so there are more hours in a day...what are the implications of such an event happening?

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Asked by sumitha, 28 Oct '07 11:15 pm
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Well they implications can be myriad. Yeah some for the good wherein longer days would mean more sunlight to enjoy. However biologically also we would evolve differently to cater to the new changes which wolud mean that u and I may not be all that human. And there can disastrous consequences as well. Remember the sun is the ultimate source of all energy on Earth and an extra dose of energy can have negative effects as well. Too much of anything is bad enough.
Answered by Saj Sierra, 29 Oct '07 12:22 am

 
  
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Earth is actually slowing down! But, the time added to the cesium clocks would be very little, just a second in a particular period. Such a scenario (hours) would never happen, not even after 20 generations...

Earths rotation and its slow down could be explained in two possible ways:

Natural reason: We know that Tidal forces are acting on the Earth. This results in loss of energy due to frictional forces from those tides. There would be a slow down in the Earths rotation in irregular intervals because of the changes in motions of the Earths atmosphere. Another factor is the two cores in the Earth. These solid and liquid cores rotate along with the Earth. There would be a minute change in movement between these two cores. Hence, there would be a time-loss; such losses are calculated very precisely by Cesium clocks located in more than dozen global locations. Hence, there should be a time correction in the magnitude of One Second once in every 6-18 months. If there is no correction ...more
Answered by Sukhoi, 31 Oct '07 12:21 pm

 
  
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Why don't you just look at Mercury's landscape? It doesn't rotate while revolving around the sun, as does Earth...

there's just no way to possibly tell what will happen to life in the immediate moments, though. Anything I say will be nothing but speculative fiction.
Answered by A Moin, 31 Oct '07 12:38 am

 
  
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There is a story by HG Wells, where a man is able to do extraordinary things by exercising sheer will power, like making a lamp burn upside down. He finally tries to stop the earth. The earth grinds to a halt but everything on the earth is thrown forwards just like passengers fall forwards when the driver slams the brakes of a fast moving vehicle. Even the water in the rivers and oceans are splashed over the land in huge sheets. Read it?

Of course, that can never be :) but yes, it would be interesting to see how plants would react to prolonged hours of sunlight and darkness. Any global radical climatic change would be a catastrophe. It would first wipe out the lower life forms which depend on this periodicity and then everything dependent on those life forms, which would most probably include us :) But if the earth would slow down taking its own sweet time and giving us all time to adapt, I could use some extra hours of sleep :) Sigh! I guess the earth would not do me that favour i ...more
Answered by Jane Joseph K, 30 Oct '07 05:44 pm

 
  
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Yes, by pushing the earth a little away from he sun the rotation can be slowed down. Day might appear to have more hours but the flip side is that the nights too will be longer. Entire eco system will be in chaos. Plants, crops, trees, humans, animals that depend on each other will have varying degrees of life spans resulting in unknown problems. E.G humans might be born in 6 mths instead of 9, the 4 seasons would get mixed up!
Answered by gurudev, 29 Oct '07 07:46 pm

 
  
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It will not happend if it happend in the future the entire world will suffure
Answered by suresh, 28 Oct '07 11:25 pm

 
  
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You can't increase your breaths if your day time will increase, People will die in very youing age like 30s 40s.....
Answered by Jeet, 28 Oct '07 11:20 pm

 
  
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Better clarity on such questions can be given by only Scientists.
Answered by SUDHAKARA RAO, 28 Oct '07 11:20 pm

 
  
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This is possible in Epics and Fictions.Have you heard of a Novel in which a person tries to interchange "N" and "S" poles.
Answered by psnacharyulu pesapati, 28 Oct '07 11:19 pm

 
  
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I wud rather care about own welfare and the welfare in the vicinity ... :-)
Answered by Praveen Kapur, 29 May '10 12:40 am

 
  
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