January 9, 2013 1:47
The speed of rotation of the planet is influenced by different factors. For example, if the wind slows down, it begins to spin faster to conserve angular momentum. However, in November 2009 was marked by something else. Culprit — the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, which encircles the continent. Stephen Marcus and his colleagues at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Institute of Physics of the Earth was able to observe that the November 8, 2009 for a slower, and quite dramatically.
The measurements on the exact length of the day showed that at the same time has accelerated the Earth's rotation, which returned to normal only on November 20, together with the very current. This fact was recorded for the first time.
No one knows for sure why the flow rate decreased, but Dr. Marcus suggested that the fault of atmospheric changes. Two days before the incident winds that were blowing in the same direction, as several have died down. And with the return of their normal speed, and it returned to normal flow. His colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have suggested that affect the speed of the wind could shift areas of El Niño. Also, the planet may accelerate due to rising sea levels. When a large amount of water reaches the poles of the planet, in areas of the Earth's axis of passage grow mass, leading to a "transformation" of the Earth in the top speed.
By the way, February 25, 2011 scientists from Anchorage managed to fix the opposite event. They have found that our planet has slowed. Furthermore, they hypothesized that the Earth will stop completely after three years. According to geophysicist Joseph Jankowski, the slowdown will result in more long days and nights, and can cause a lot of troubles, from large-scale floods and earthquakes to mass starvation. He believes that this is one of the most serious and immediate problems that arose before mankind.
Scientists have long believed that the Earth's rotation rate decreases. According to them, more than three billion years ago, the length of the day is about 13 hours, and is now one complete revolution of the Earth around its axis takes 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.091 seconds. Initially it was thought that the rotation is gradually slowing, about 0.02 seconds for a hundred years. However, new measurements show that changes in the speed of rotation of the planet were much more substantial than in the past. If we believe the frightening calculations by Professor Jankowski, the earth stops rotating January 16, 2013.
The professor said in their press conference that it will be incredible: on one side there will be an "eternal" day, and the next night. For people who come are not the best of times. Plants whose life is based on photosynthesis, will disappear in a few weeks, leading to a severe famine in humans. Also, before you stop the planet like a top, starts to oscillate. This will lead to a shift in the continental plates, causing a massive tsunami and earthquake, which will lead to the death of billions.
But then professor colleagues advised him not to breed panic, waiting for a thorough check of the forecast. Now it turned out that the rotation of the planet actually slowed under the Antarctic currents.