What Would Happen If Earth Started To Spin Faster? • Discoverology

What Would Happen If Earth Started To Spin Faster?

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The equator spins at 1,037 mph, whereas Chicago takes a more leisurely (approximately 750 mph) pace. If we could speed up Earth’s rotation by one mile per hour, the sea level around the equator would rise by a few inches as water migrates there from the poles.

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