What if the moon disappeared?
|February 26, 2014||Posted by News under Fine tuning, Intelligent Design, News|
From a science mag in Germany, Spektrum,
Would the earth satellite suddenly disappear from the sky, so the consequences would be devastating for the first coastlines of the earth. Because of the lack of attraction of the moon on the oceans, the mountains of water would collapse on the moon and side facing away – they melt and spread new, where they would follow at the end of the much weaker attraction of the sun. In the meantime, however, would realize a gigantic global wave flooding the mainland.
Without the Moon, without significant tidal, there would now be no braking effect of seamounts on the torque of the earth more: Our own rotation speed would increase gradually so strong that a day would go by three times as fast: after eight instead of 24 hours, he would past.
Without the stabilizing influence of the moon on the earth’s axis, our planet would now also like a roundabout just before overturning strongly into a tailspin advised, its axis would regularly waver. Within a few 100,000 years, the inclination of the earth would change dramatically. Inevitably, there would be serious climate changes : different regions of the earth would tilt pol or equatorward and the sun would be more exposed to or shaded. So could the tropics and the equator are a desert of ice from the poles – and this not only once nor particularly gradually.
A disaster, we are told, for people, animals, and plants. Sure thing.
Note: This is the mechanical English translation. The page is in German. Look at the top for Google Translate.
As readers will recall, a fair chunk of cosmology marketed to the masses informs us that there is nothing special about Earth. The idea is enshrined as the so-called Copernican Principle. It’s not true, of course, but it justifies wildly inflated guesses about habitable exoplanets, which make for popular reading. If we take all the assumptions with a grain of salt, it is good fun.
In reality, the moon is one of those things that is special about Earth. It is in all likelihood biologically dead but because of it, we are not.
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