Consider the moon. It’s nice to look at, but does it really serve a purpose? I asked the folks of Yahoo! Answers if humankind would miss “la luna” if it all of a sudden disappeared.
As it turns out, not only would people miss it, we’d be on our knees begging for it to come back ASAP. Several folks pointed out that without the mighty moon, the planet’s tides would be greatly affected. This would cause sea levels to rise and the Earth’s temperature to drop dramatically. One community member speculates that the planet would freeze up and become “Snowball Earth.”
Another responder writes that without the moon, Earth would stop rotating at an even spin, which would lead to all sorts of wild weather patterns. According to the site Damn Interesting, “without the moon, the Earth might rotate much faster, causing a more turbulent atmosphere, and thus unending gales of life-hostile, skirt-blowing winds.” You can read more about the scary yet unlikely scenario at Starry Skies.
So, apparently the moon isn’t just for show. It controls the tides, the rotation of the planet, and much more (including, I’m told, the eating schedules of werewolves).
Think the space program will ever put another person on the moon? Is there more to learn? Please leave a comment below.
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