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If everyone in the world began to walk east at an appointed time, would the rotation of the earth slow down (in order to conserve momentum)?
- Michael Pratt (age 41)
Yes, but that's needed to conserve angular
If (as a very rough guess) people are uniformly distributed around the globe, their linear
momenta would cancel. To the extent that there is a net momentum shift of the people, it would be cancelled by a slight change in the velocity of the Earth, not its rotation.
(published on 01/21/08)
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