Strange but True: Earth Is Not Round

Strange but True: Earth Is Not Round

From the time that we are in grade school, we are taught that our planet is round. However, this isn’t exactly true. Planet Earth is not, in fact, perfectly round. Rather, mass is distributed unevenly within the planet. This makes Earth look a bit like a bumpy, deflated ball.

Mountains and valleys dot the surface of the planet due to plate tectonics. Occasionally, meteors crater the surface with gaping holes. The changing weight of the oceans and atmosphere cause deformations in the crust. And the gravitational pull of the moon and sun cause earth tides. The Earth’s Polar radius is 3,949.99 miles, while its Equatorial radius is 3,963.34 miles. That’s right: the Earth has love handles.

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