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Subject: Will earth rotation be affected by glaciers melting?

Date: Tue Aug 31 07:11:33 1999
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Area of science: Earth Sciences
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Dear mad scientist,

According to the global warming scenario glaciers in the poles are 
partially going to melt, raising the oceans water level. 
That means that a substantial mass will move on earth's surface from the 
poles axes towards the equatorial line.
I deduce that the angular speed of earth must slow down, while keeping the 
angular momentum constant, thus prolonging the duration of the day. 
- Has anyone calculated by how much will the day get longer? 
- Are there any practical implications to this effect?


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