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What would happen to the oceans if the earth stopped rotating

Interesting thought experiment on what would happen to the oceans if the earth slowed down its rotation until, after a few decades, it stopped rotating completely, with several maps.

Short version: since the earth “bulges” a bit at the equator and it’s centrifugal force that keeps the water level high there, if rotation stopped, water would move “down” under the force of gravity and collect around the poles. You’d end up with flooded Canada and Siberia and a huge circum-equatorial continent.

Interesting!

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