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Could moving land mass alter Earths gravity?

This is potentially a very stupid question but I'm going to ask it anyway. With all these huge buildings such as the Abu Dhabi Mosque, where an unbelievable amount of materials such as marble was ...
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about the rotation of the earth and gravity, when all continents were merged

A long time ago, I read that the gravity force isn't the same if you are near the Andes Mountains or if you are at Paris. So today I asked to myself if when all continents were one, if the difference ...
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Bulk flow of air in a long tube between Antarctica and Australia?

I have a 5km diameter clear plastic tube which is open at each end and runs from the center of Antarctica to Lake Eyre in Australia. The tube is on the ground where it can be and at sea level on the ...
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What is the voltage difference between the Moon and the Earth?

The Moon and Earth are approximately spherical conductive balls and the Earth has a self-capacitance of around 710uF. Is there ever a significant potential difference in the Earth-Moon system? Is ...
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How far would I have to go to see a fully rounded Earth?

How far would I have to go to see a fully rounded Earth? Recently, I saw a video on Youtube in which a sky diver called Felix Baumgartner ascends to $120,000$ feet (= $39$ miles) in a stratospheric ...
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Are metals more heavy due to the Earth's magnetic field?

Non-metal objects are attracted to the Earth due to gravity. So the weight of non-metal objects can be only dependent on their mass. On the other hand metals can be attracted to the Earth's magnetic ...
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objects distorted by the earths curvature

We are doing a project where we hope to make people think about the fact that the earth is round. We want to imagine if we in London could see others places in the world and how the earths curvature ...
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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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Why aren't solar panels efficient?

Why can't solar panels produce 1 Kw per 1 square meter? This is the energy of the Sun's radiation per square meter on Earth but solar panels don't come close. Why can't we trap all that energy? ...
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If you could ride an elevator through the earth [duplicate]

What if it was possible to ride an elevator straight through earth. If we take all the heat and pressure problems away, and assume it would be possible: What would happen with gravity? Would gravity ...
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What is the constant $g_0$ used for calculating the specific impulse in seconds?

Wikipedia defines specific impulse as: $$ I_\mathrm{sp} = \frac{F_\mathrm{thrust}}{\dot{m} \cdot g_0} $$ The $g_0$ is said to be the acceleration at the Earth's surface. So is it actually the ...
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True or false: the Moon was touching the Earth 1.2 billion years ago

A creationist website makes this argument for the 6,000 year old earth. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know how to do the math to evaluate the claim myself. However, the time scales involved seems ...
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If Earth was the size of an orange, what consistency would it be? [closed]

I understand that the Earth is composed of a thin crust "floating" over a semi-solid layer of mantle. I was wondering how it would feel at a human scale, say the size of an orange in your hand. Could ...
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What would happen to wet laundry in the vacuum of space?

Imagine for a second that I was in a college dorm room frustrated that all the dryers were broken or in use. I'm impatient and not a jerk so I don't wait or take out someone else's laundry, I shoot it ...
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Earth's Temperature [closed]

I have a question regarding earth's temperature... How come the average temperature in the middle east (Israel, Saudi Arabia, Sudan or lower) is always so much significantly higher than in Europe ...
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Can gravity be reversed?

I'm wondering if any set of hypothetical conditions could result in us gravitating in a different direction. Specifically a reversal of gravity on the surface of Earth (or at least part of it), so ...
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Can we calculate the frame dragging force of the Earth?

Although clearly this force would be significantly greater with a rotating black hole, is it still possible to calculate this drag for say a satellite orbiting the Earth?
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Effect on length of day as the polar ice caps melt

If the polar ice caps of the earth melt, how will the length of the day be affected?
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Will I get a shock when I try to use my hair-dryer under water?

Occasionally people get killed in their bathtubs by having an electrical device such as a hair-dryer take the bath with them - in movies. It seems to be a common belief that this is realistic, even ...
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How do I explain to a 6 year old why people on the other side of the Earth don't fall off? [closed]

Today a friend's 6 year old sister asked me the question "why don't people on the other side of the earth fall off?". I tried to explain that the Earth is a huge sphere and there's a special force ...
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how apparent weight varies due to the rotational motion of earth

I learned that as the earth rotates about its axis, the bodies on the earth also follow a circular path. In most books I read, they give the example of a person standing on a weight balance at the ...
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Why does the airflow in the mid-stratosphere of the northern hemisphere rotate FASTER than the earth?

I have been playing around with this nice visualisation and noticed that in the mid-stratosphere (P=10hPa), the airflow around the equator and south of it is in the opposite direction to the earth's ...
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why the shape or size of Magnetosphere is different both side?

Two days ago, I watched a documentary about solar flares, and how Magnetosphere protect us from that to earth. I was able to understand most of it, but I'm still curious to know why the ...
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Does the Earth's rotation affect an object in the stratosphere?

Does the Earth's rotation affect an object in the stratosphere? Example: I attach an object to a weather balloon and let it go at latitude +40.7, longitude -73.9 (New York). It goes up until it hits ...
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Gravity change as a function of time only

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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No uncertainty for standard gravitational acceleration?

The other day I asked about the uncertainty of light, and this issue triggered me to start looking into other physical constants and try to understand why other constants have no uncertainty. One of ...
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Does the Earth rotate vertically too?

We know that the earth has seen several Ice Ages. And we know the Earth's magnetic poles seem to flip once in a while. Could all of this be explained by a once every 250 Million Years or so the ...
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From where we can view earth moving?

Earth moves with a speed around $100000 \,\,km/h$, which will be amazing, but from where we can see that moving speed? If we far away from earth (outside of earth gravity) then can view its moving? is ...
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What weathering mechanism leads to reduction of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere?

Wikipedia says: The global temperature of the Earth will climb because of the rising luminosity of the Sun, the rate of weathering of silicate minerals will increase. This in turn will decrease ...
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What kind of damage is expected to happen to the earth in case of being hit by a direct gamma ray burst?

I understand how the ozone layer would be quickly depleted and the UV radiation from the sun would reach the ground...etc I understand all this, but what confuses me is where all this huge amount of ...
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How much does increased world population contribute to global warming?

In 1974 there where 4 billion people on earth. Now in 2013 we passed 7 billion people. So the world population is nearly doubled in 40 years. Every living human being also haves a body temperature of ...
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Energy loss of Earth

How does the Earth lose the energy that it gains from the sun's radiation if it is surrounded by - and in contact with - nothing?
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How is the Earth heated by a Full Moon?

While the moon is certainly not a good reflector of solar radiation, surely the radiation it reflects back heats the Earth (even if it is a terribly small amount). How would one go about calculating ...
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Is the total energy of earth changing with time?

Many years ego, Earth was hot. Over time, it has lost energy and has become colder. Is it now in equilibrium or is its total energy changing?
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How long did the first rainshowers on Earth last?

When I was a child, I read many times over with fascination about the formation of the Earth in a large illustrated encyclopedia of sorts for adults (one of at least two volumes, though I will ...
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Does earths gravitational force vary depending on where you are on the planet?

Does the gravitational force acting on a person ever change just by their position on the planet. For instance, at greater altitudes or closer to the equator.
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Will we gain some extra hours if we travel in the direction of the rotation of the earth? [closed]

I heard that If we travel for long distances in the direction of the rotation of the earth, we can gain some extra hours in the journey. Is it true? What if we travel in the opposite direction?
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Why does earth's magnetic field change its direction?

I know that the earth's magnetic field is due to molten metal and ions flowing in its core. It has been found that the Earth's magnetic field changes its direction and it has even flipped once! But, ...
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Value of of gravity 9.8m/sec^2 and centrifugal force [closed]

I had a doubt regarding centrifugal force on earth is not accounted in any equations as object falling towards earth.eg f=ma.i read questions asked by few about the same and got to a conclusion that ...
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Does the moon affect the Earth's climate?

So, this morning I was talking to a friend about astronomical observations, and he told me that lately there has only been good weather when there was a full moon in the sky, which was a shame. I ...
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If there were no space between nuclei, how big would the Earth be?

I have some people telling me it would be the size of baseball. I am quite doubtful on this. If this is true, then the gaps must be so incredibly huge that everything should be transparent. I am not a ...
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Generator using Earths's Magnetic field?

In the past I've been shown Internet sources claiming a specific generator that uses nothing but the earth's magnetic field to generate power, I'm looking for the name of the generator? I realize ...
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What colour is the Earth?

More specifically, what shade of blue is the earth on average? I want to create an accurate earth-coloured blob in a simulation / presentation. A quick search didn't turn up anything. What I found ...
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How faster is the effect of force exerted by gravity? [duplicate]

We all know that Earth revolves around the Sun due to Gravitational force of the Sun. Also we know that it takes just over 8 minutes for the Sun's light to reach Earth. Now let us say, hypothetically ...
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Why are we not affected by the radiation of the radioactive decay going inside the Earth?

I was reading the question Why has Earth's core not become solid?, and one of the answers says that The core is heated by radioactive decays of Uranium-238, Uranium-235, Thorium-232, and ...
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Why has Earth's core not become solid?

The Earth is billions of years old, yet its core has not yet cooled down and become solid. Will this happen in the foreseeable future?
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What is the deepest man-made underground tunnel? [closed]

What is the deepest tunnel in the Earth's surface? I have meet numbers, around 300km. What is the main problem to make tunnel more deeper? What is the problem with 1000km?
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Can Helium Disappear from Earth?

Can Helium disappear? As we know Helium is lighter than air, so basically Helium fly off from Earth. Is it possible that in the future we will run out Helium?
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As the earth rotates around itself, does this have any effect on the dynamics of flights? [duplicate]

As the earth rotates around itself, does this have any effect on the dynamics of flights? Or "shouldn't" this have an effect? Does flying in the direction of the rotation of earth around itself, or ...
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Finding the period of an infinite length pendulum [closed]

What would be the period of a pendulum with an infinite length, assuming a non-rotating Earth? The answer is not infinity.