What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning?

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If Earth abruptly stopped spinning, the results would be catastrophic to say the least. In just one minute, the oceans would have the momentum to splash 28 kilometers inland. The wind would then turn these massive waves into a giant storm. What if the Earth slowly, safely, came to a halt? Eventually, all of the continents would merge into one.

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