Rex van der Spuy asked:
I know that the rotation of the Earth creates centrifugal force that counteracts the force of gravity.
If the Earth stopped spinning, how much heavier would things become?
Would we all be crushed by the force of gravity?
Thanks so much!!!
The reduction in weight at the equator due to Centrifrugal force (sorry Geezer) amounts to 0.35% and is of course zero at the poles. syhprum, Thu, 14th Jun 2012
Of course, without the spin, the Earth would not have an equatorial bulge. If the spin suddenly stopped, perhaps the bulge would rearrange itself quickly. Anyway, without the bulge, the gravity would be higher than calculated at the equator, and less than calculated at the poles. CliffordK, Thu, 14th Jun 2012
I only used the dreaded C word because that is how the originol correspondent refered to the centripetal acceleration as you may surmise he was rather confused as to magnitude of this effect. syhprum, Fri, 15th Jun 2012