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Why does solid turn to liquid deep in the Earth?

Usually pressure decreases inter-molecular movement thereby keeping the substance in solid state. Given this, why do the earth's crust and mantle, which are both solid, turn into a liquid outer core, ...
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Water's behavior on Earth at a faster rotation [on hold]

How would water behave if the Earth rotated 10 times faster? If walking was like walking on the moon?
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Meteor hitting the moon? [on hold]

Could a meteor hit the moon enough to cause a decay in its revolution around earth hitting the atmosphere causing molten rock to rain? I learned also the the moon was blasted out of Earth could that ...
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Could a meteor cause the flood from Noah's time in the bible? [on hold]

In the Bible it was said before Noah's flood man lived to be around a thousand years old. Shortly after the flood the life span went to about 120 years. Today 80 years. Could a meteor have hit at ...
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Does the shape of a meteor make any difference during an impact?

Would the shape of the meteor make a difference on the impact? Like a Olympic diver would a spear shaped meteor make less damage to the surface of the Earth while creating more magma movement rather ...
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Why did Kepler thought that the Earth was hollow?

I was researching a little about the theory of the hollow earth, since I am a mathematician I don't understand well about physics some famous scientific thought this namely Euler, Edmond Halley and ...
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What is the longitudinal difference between the sub­solar point and the magnetic poles at time $t$ (hours)?

I'm trying to convert geomagnetic coordinate to geographic, but there are some steps in the paper which I'm reading, that I don't understand. I have the geomagnetic latitude centered around the ...
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Why don't we feel the subtle speed change of Earth's elliptical orbit?

Earth's orbit is a slight ellipse, so to conserve momentum its speed increases when it is closest to the Sun. If the speed changes there is an acceleration. If there is an acceleration there is a ...
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How much additional light does Earth receive from the Sun due to Earth's gravitational field?

I was reading about how gravity affects light, and that got me wondering how much additional light is collected by the Sun due to the Earth's gravitational field. Is it a significant amount of light (...
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Can an object take off from A, do not move (in the air) but land at a different place? [closed]

Can an object take off at a point A on the surface of the Earth and then land after some time only to land at a different place where it initially took off (because in the mean time the Earth has ...
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What is the Earth's magnetic field in space?

I have looked around a bit, but haven't found a simple answer. At an altitude between 100-1000 km, Is the magnetic field B still around $\sim 10^{-5}\ T$? Is there a simple equation that would provide ...
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How high do you need to be so as to not rotate along with Earth?

So, I saw this meme about some minister commenting that the Earth doesn't rotate, for if it did then planes only need to be in the air and the destination city would come to it. I know this is absurd ...
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Do radio waves from the Sun reach Earth?

Do radio waves from the Sun come into contact with Earth? If so, do they penetrate the atmosphere or are they reflected, absorbed, or scattered?
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How can we see the moon while it's between the Earth and the Sun? [duplicate]

I know this sounds like (and probably is) a stupid question, but I can't figure it out. As far as I know, the crescent shape of the moon is when the moon is on the sunny side of the Earth, but that ...
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A function for calculating velocity at several distances as you fall towards the earth's center

Assuming there is no drag, no friction and no other objects affecting you. If you drop into the earth (through a tube). Your velocity will be 7900 m/s at the center of the earth according to http://...
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Would you be weightless at the center of the Earth?

If you could travel to the center of the Earth (or any planet), would you be weightless there?
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What is the relationship between atmospheric refraction and path curvature?

Light traveling in a "curved" trajectory suggests a linear increase of the refractive index over the entire distance (uninterrupted super-refraction). A lapse in the increase of the refractive index ...
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What started the magnetic field of Earth [duplicate]

The Dynamo theory gives a good explanation of the magnetic field of the Earth: the Coriolis force focus inner currents into current spirals generating magnetic(s) field(s). What I'm trying to ...
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How does gravity work underground?

Would the effect of gravity on me change if I were to dig a very deep hole and stand in it? If so, how would it change? Am I more likely to be pulled downwards, or pulled towards the edges of the hole?...
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Relationship between Mars and Earth rotation

Is it by pure random chance that Mars and the Earth have nearly the same day duration (Mars day is barely 40 minutes longer, which is just 3% difference), or there is some causal relationship between ...
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What does the phrase “limb of the earth” or “atmospheric limb” mean?

What does the term limb of the earth (see this question, for example) or atmospheric limb mean? The phrase strikes me as very odd, since earth is nearly spherical. Do other planets with atmospheres ...
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How much mass must Earth lose to lose its Moon?

Maybe I am wrong about the basic concept here, but for my curiosity: how much mass would need to leave the Earth (like satellites and rockets) to create an imbalance between the Earth and Moon so that ...
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Air flight and Earth's rotation

I read a response asking why flights of equal distance east and west take roughly the same time (disregarding wind actions). I have trouble visualizing part of the answer; "the speed of the rotation ...
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Why does the Sun “shine brighter” some days?

Today, the Sun seems extremely bright; more dazzling than usual, and even the roads seem to be brighter so it's not just when you look up in the sky. Is more light actually getting through (perhaps ...
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Will the day/night cycle change when the poles melt?

I want to know what will happen to day and night if poles melt i think it will change but I don't know why? ^_^
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Why is the Earth's moon so big?

It could just be me, but it seems like our Moon is WAY bigger than it should be for a planet of our size. If you look at satellite-to-planet mass ratios for the largest moons of Jupiter, Saturn, ...
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If two pieces of the same type of metal touch in space, will they bond and be permanently stuck together? [duplicate]

Yesterday I was watching discovery channel, on a program they said that 'if two pieces of the same type of metal touch in space, they will be permanently stuck to each other.' Is it true..? If yes... ...
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differences of Aurora Borealis (North) vs. Aurora Australis (South)

I was wondering about the differences between the Northern vs. Southern lights: will one pole collect the positive charges, and the other the negatives? I know that the solar wind is composed mainly ...
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What will happen if we establish a physical connection between ground and ionosphere?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ionosphere The ionosphere is a shell of electrons and electrically charged atoms and molecules that surrounds the Earth, stretching from a height of about 50 km (31 mi) ...
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Deviation of free falling objects (Coriolis effect) using conservation of angular momentum

I read this pdf on non inertial frame, in particular I have a question on the deviation of free falling object due to Coriolis effect. Consider a ball let go from a tower at height $h$. The ...
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Does the thickness of earth's crust accurately correspond with the current proposed age of the earth?

The current model is that earth started as a molten ball of liquid around 4.5 billion years ago. Today, the earth's crust ranges from about 5-50KM in thickness. This is just a layman's opinion, but to ...
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If water is essentially incompressible, why are there tides?

So recently we were taught in school that tides are formed because the moon 'cancels out' some of the earth's gravity, and so the water rises because of the weaker force. But if water is not ...
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Proportional acceleration due to changing density of the Earth

My question has to to do with a recent video Minutephysics posted about the time it takes for a person to fall through the earth, found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urQCmMiHKQk At around 4:05,...
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What type of instrument can I use to determine my current distance from the center point of Earth?

Immediately, I think of a scale, but is there better way? I can only imagine weighing an object of known mass with an extremely precise scale. I am asking because I would like to be able to address ...
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Why is a new moon not the same as a solar eclipse?

Forgive the elementary nature of this question: Because a new moon occurs when the moon is positioned between the earth and sun, doesn't this also mean that somewhere on the Earth, a solar eclipse (...
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How does one measure Earth's speed of revolution around the sun?

I know that there are several formulae that one can plug numbers into to arrive an estimate of Earth's speed around the sun (Kepler's third law for instance), but I'm wondering how these things are ...
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Possible Safe Areas In a Solar Flare

Which part of the earth would be the safest in case of the major solar flare? Will it be near equator or something like that?
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Are the Schwarzschild metric and the Geodesic Equation relevant in the context of the Earth? [closed]

The geodesic equation used in general relativity is the following: $$ {\mathrm d^2 x^\mu \over \mathrm ds^2} =- \Gamma^\mu {}_{\alpha \beta}{\mathrm d x^\alpha \over\mathrm ds}{\mathrm d x^\beta \...
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Velocity Profile of the Upper Atmosphere

Consider an Earth-Centered Inertial (ECI) frame in which the tangential (to Earth's surface) velocity is measured. Now consider obtaining constant average velocity profiles of the atmosphere as a ...
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Gravity change as a function of time only [duplicate]

Is it possible to find how gravity changes with time? That is, height is not part of the equation. For example, $g$ can be expressed as a function of height that does not involve time with this ...
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Why geologist do not consider molten iron in the magma to be the source of Earth's magnetic field?

This was a question that came in a exam. How come is this possible? Actually, a question on the source of Earth's magnetic field was asked here on physics SE, which matches my opinion. The ...
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Why does the Sun turn red near sunset?

At daytime the Sun's light is yellowish if not near white. Why when the Sun starts to go down that it's light turn more red. I don't think the earth's rotation is so rapid to cause a red shift. Why ...
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Gravity Sun Earth Moon [duplicate]

The gravitational pull the Sun has on the Moon is roughly two times greater than the pull the Earth has on the Moon. If this is the case, why does the Sun's gravity not pull the Moon away from the ...
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Can the Earth's magnetic field be used to generate electricity?

Since the Earth has a magnetic field, can it, in theory, be run through a conductive metal coil to create electricity?
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Why doesn't sunlight flicker like candle or flame torch?

Why sunlight appears constant and stable like sun is a bulb? If the surface of the sun and processes going in it are not completely uniform why don't we notice any flickering or non- uniformity in ...
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Does Earth's Rotation Affect Its Shape?

The question I am working on is, "Consider the following. (a) Find the angular speed of Earth's rotation about its axis. rad/s (b) How does this rotation affect the shape of Earth?" I am ...
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How fast could you suck up the atmosphere [closed]

So kind of a strange question, but if i had a 1000 foot wide hose with endless storage space, whats the quickest possible time it could be used to suck up the entirety of the Earth's atmosphere. Edit:...
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Calculating the Velocity of an object far far away

I saw a satellite the other day, it moved very fast through the night sky. Now I know it took around 110 seconds for it to fully travel out of the night sky(out of my visual bounds assuming, that I'...
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Why doesn't the earth collide with the sun in 64 years?

According to another answer on this site, the time it takes for two bodies in space to collide can be computed with the following formula: $$\frac{\pi}{2\sqrt{2}}\frac{r_0^{3/2}}{\sqrt{G(M+m)}}$$ ...
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What factors will make Earth re-rotate again if it stopped? [closed]

"What will happen if Earth stopped rotating?" have been answered multiple times with a lot of informative and interesting answers. Continuing this hypothetical question, I have another one in mind. ...