What would happen if you were able to stop Earth for one hour from the rotation she makes per day?

Asked Dec 25, 2011
Edited Dec 25, 2011
The forward rotational speed at the equator would fall to zero for the hour from it's normal speed of just over 1,000 miles per hour. The time relative to the position of the Sun and stars would shift backwards one hour. Depending on how it happened, the orbital parameters of the Moon could change and produce considerable differences in the tides, creating havoc along the coastline. If it stopped instantly, rather than a gradual slowdown, there would be wide spread, unpredictable effects to the west sides of land areas from the momentum of the water in oceans and lakes.
Answered Dec 25, 2011

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