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The Earth’s Spin Is Slowing Down! What Happens If It Stops?

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Channel: Seeker
Categories: Physics   |   Science  
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Life on Earth has adapted to our 24 hour day, but the Earth’s spin is slowing down. What would it be like to live on an Earth that stops spinning?

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