Does the earth spin clockwise or counter-clockwise?


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The direction of the rotation of the Earth is dependent on which hemisphere is viewing it. In the Northern Hemisphere the rotation appears counter-clockwise, while from the Southern Hemisphere the spin looks clockwise. This is due to what is called the Coriolis effect.

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The Coriolis effect is named after the man who disclosed this phenomenon, Gustave Coriolis, a 19th-century French mathematician. He discovered that the speed of the Earth's rotation is different depending on where a person is standing. If one is standing on the Equator, they are rotating at a slower speed than a person standing at one of the Earth's poles.

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