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Where did earth's electric charge come from?

I get between .7 and 1.3 volts out of a 20 foot tree depending on the weather. I understand this is "telluric" electricity with pretty low amperage. Where is this charge coming from? The sun, right? ...
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If earth's magnetic field disappeared, would cosmic radiation lead to increased radioactivity?

This is about the effect of cosmic radiation on earth. Is it the type of radiation that could make things radioactive? So if earth's magnetic field weakened considerably (such as could happen if it ...
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Solar plants and energy conservation

I'd like to apologise if this question is stupid or if it was asked ten thousand times - I haven't found an answer to it. Quite possibly due to mediocre English or abominable knowledge of physics. So,...
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If you are on Earth, are your mass and weight the same?

I was wondering how mass and weight are different so I Googled it. I found that mass is constant no matter where you are because it is the amount of matter in an object and weight changes because it's ...
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How does the Moon cause the tides?

I am considering the following question, but I can't quite figure it out... I have looked up differential gravity, but I cannot derive the equation for the effect on Earth, and I haven't found any ...
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How is north defined for any point on the surface of the earth?

While studying about terrestrial magnetism, references were made to north direction, and the geographic meridian and later magnetic meridian defined using that. But what is actually the north ...
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Could we have a black hole on Earth? [duplicate]

There was once a Far Side cartoon in which a black hole had opened in someone's living room and was sucking the furniture, people, pets, etc to the middle of the room. It was a funny picture, but ...
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Does radiating heat to outer space through the atmospheric transparency window have any impact on heat loss?

I was reading this article: Passive radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight The authors are improving upon the age-old idea of reflecting incoming sunlight while ...
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Is It Possible To Move The Earth In A Direction? [duplicate]

According to Newton's 3rd law, when an object moves upward, the Earth moves by a very tiny factor in the opposite of the direction of the object. And when the object falls back, the earth moves back ...
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Why is the Earth self-rotating? [duplicate]

What drives this happen? Would it be the internal energy or by an external force? I did try to Google the answer, but could not find a good one.
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If earth stopped spinning how much heavier would 1kg feel [closed]

My girlfriend seems to think if the earth stops spinning we will all fall off However, she did spark my imagination, due to centripetal force things must feel lighter then they otherwise would on an ...
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Physics Riddle - Know Plant Earth [closed]

I hope it's OK to ask here, because it's pretty much as basic as physics can get. So here it is: I have a hot air balloon that can rise to any altitude I'd like, a precise watch, a sandbag, a weigh ...
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I was told that if the Moon had a retrograde orbit, tides would have a faster rhythm. Why is that?

Would this be because tidal deceleration causing the Earth to spin faster or are there other actions in play that I haven't considered? Would the Earth even spin faster because of the tidal ...
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Electromagnetic radiation bending on Earth

Most articles say that a radiowave is able to propagate itself beyond the horizon because it is reflected off by the ionosphere (and the Earth itself). But do radio waves also get bent according to ...
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Direction of CMB and magnetic fields?

Measurements show the CMB is warmer to the North. Could more photons coming from that direction of the sky, cause metals in the Earth to move in that particular direction? As the Earth orbits the ...
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Where did the energy released due to gravitational binding energy of the Earth go?

The gravitational binding energy of the Earth is $2×10^{32} J $, so the same amount of energy must have been released during the Earth's history. According to this and this, the current internal ...
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Relativity question [duplicate]

If a rocket is traveling away from earth, why does time pass slower for the rocket if from the rocket's perspective, earth is going away from it?
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Why is there a rainbow after the rain?

Usually rainbows are present after the rain. But if a rainbow is caused by diffraction of rain droplets, shouldn't rainbows be present during the rain, not after?
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Why does the Sun always rise in the East?

Why does the Sun always rise in the East? Earth is rotating on its own axis & also revolves around the Sun, then how come the Sun always rises in the East?
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How the earth's internal heat exists

How the earth's internal heat exists? Is it available from it's creation as collation heat? Or is there any other source feeding the heat to the core?
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How many hours will there be in a day 5,000,000,000 years from now?

It is known that the moon is moving away from Earth 2cm a year, and in doing so makes the days longer. I want to know how many hours will have one day, when our planet is near its end.
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Build a ring around Earth, then remove the supports

What would happen if we decided to build a giant ring that managed to wrap around the whole world, end to end that was supported with pillars all along the ring and then the supports all suddenly ...
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Why do we have to use an integral in this scenario to figure out $v_{max}$? [duplicate]

$$\int_0^R mg\frac{r}{2}dr=\frac{m}{2}v_{max}$$ and can't write $$\frac{m}{2}v_{max}=mgR$$ don't we usually equal potential energy to kinetic energy? A stone is falling through a tunnel towards the ...
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Why is the current atmosphere made of nitrogen (75.5%)?

As I read a book on meteorology, 4 billion years ago, atmosphere was made by steam, carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide and a few nitrogen. Then photosynthesis came, run by underwater organisms, which led ...
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Why does Earth behave like Natural Bar Magnet?

What is the reason for the Earth to behave like a bar magnet and have poles (North and South poles)?
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How much effort would be required to fix the Earth's rotation?

Given that the earth's rotation has been slowing down by very slight amounts over time, forcing us to introduce leap seconds and so forth into our clocks and calendars, I would like to ask if this ...
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Why does the Earth rotate on its axis?

I know that the earth moves around the sun because of the gravity force, because the spacetime around the sun is curved. But why does the earth rotate on its axis, and which parameters can affect ...
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Can a Storm make the day longer/shorter?

I've read that changes in jet streams can affect the speed that the Earth rotates on its axis, thus making the day longer or shorter?
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While finding escape velocity, does human mass counts as the mass of Earth?

Escape velocity depends upon the mass of earth. my doubt is whether human mass adds into it or not? If it add then Earth's escape velocity would be increasing!
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Why is Earth's gravity stronger at the poles?

Many sources state that the Earth's gravity is stronger at the poles than the equator for two reasons: The centrifugal "force" cancels out the gravity minimally, more so at the equator than at the ...
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Why heavy elements don't sink to the core?

If earth assembled out of space dust, how come we find heavy elements like gold, silver, uranium and bunch of others that are heavier than iron on the surface? I mean silicon (Si mass 28.084) being ...
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Correcting for oblateness of the Earth [duplicate]

I'm trying to model numerically the effects of the Earth's oblateness on satellite orbits. I'm seeing precession of the orbit, but not in the plane that I'm expecting. Here's my corrected grav. ...
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How much power would be needed to make a substitute for natural Earth magnetic field?

Imagine the Earth's magnetic field will take a "maintainance pause" for 1000 years and there is gigant 10 years "doomsday countdown timer" ticking in the sky. The magnetic field will be just normal ...
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Why does the sea horizon line always seems to be at the same height as one's eyes?

I wonder why, when I look at a sea/ocean, the horizon line always seems to be at the same height as my eyes, no matter how many meters I am above the sea level. This is something I noticed when I ...
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Gravitational field strength inside the Earth [duplicate]

please could someone give me a relatively straight forward answer why the gravitational field strength follows a straight line (linear) relationship with distance from the center of the Earth but when ...
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7 Billion people jumping at once

What would happen if every person in the world gathered at a minimum possible area and jumped all at once? Would that have any effect on Earth?
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Is Water the only Liquid of Life? [closed]

What makes scientists think that water is better at sustaining life than every other substance? every organism we know of needs water to survive. In fact, without water, life on Earth would have ...
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Why is Earth's climate so stable?

Earth wasn't always the only water-world in the solar system. Mars also appear to have started out wet but, as conditions changed, Mars lost its oceans. So, how has Earth managed to avoid a ...
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The Earth is spinning, so why don't we jump and land on a different location?

I know there are similar questions in stackexchange but i think it's different and detailed. The earth is spinning 465 meters/second so why don't we jump and land on a different location ? I have ...
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If earth generates magnetic field does it attract metal? [duplicate]

If earth generates magnetic field does it attract metal objects at the surface of the planet and make them heavier?
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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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Does angular speed of the earth around the sun remain constant?

I presume that angular speed is nothing but angular velocity without direction. So, since the earth always takes nearly 365 days to complete one revolution around the sun, can't we conclude that it's ...
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From Paris to … London [closed]

(Excuse the pun in the title, couldn't resist) Paris and London are connected by a straight underground tunnel, as shown in the diagram below. A train travels between the two cities powered only by ...
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How much energy is necessary to set a year to exactly 360 days

How much energy would be necessary to slow down Earth rotation such that a year was 360 days long? In the same spirit: how much energy would be necessary to make the Earth rotate faster around the ...
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If everything is relative to each other in this universe, why do we keep the Sun to be the reference point?

and study the solar system and universe relative to it and why not relative to the Earth?
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How would normal matter behave under conditions found in the core of the sun?

Considering how low the power density is at the sun's core, I seem not to be able to expect what would happen to matter in case it was thrown inside the sun's core. For example, let's assume an Earth-...
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Two expressions for potential energy in the gravitational field of the earth

Let $M$ be the mass of the earth, considered as a point mass, then the potential energy of a point with distance $r$ away from the center (assume $r > \textrm{radius of earth})$ is $$ U(r) = -\...
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If you dig a deep tunnel, will the rock sublimate?

If a tunnel is dug deep inside the crust (but before reaching places where the rock is liquid), how will the enormous downwards pressure manifest itself? Will the difference in pressure $(\rho_{rock}-\...
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Gravitational acceleration at half Earth's radius [duplicate]

What would be the gravitational acceleration at half at Earth's radius? Something tells me it should be proportional to the mass distributed in that part, but I am not sure. Of course, we assume we ...
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How to determine satellite position in J2000 from latitude, longitude and distance from Earth?

Due to my task of writing orbit prediction routines I am trying to understand the reference frames better and how to use them ( particularly for Earth orbits ). I think I get the idea of what ECI (...