Would the mass and rotation of the earth change with population growth?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The mass of the earth would only change if there was to be added something of earthly material to the globe. Population growth would not add to the mass of the earth.

    The earth's rotation is determined by gravitation pull from other heavenly bodies such as the sun, moon and the other planets. The larger body usually is the one that exerts gravitational pull on the smaller body. It is this gravitation pull that keeps the earth in it current orbit.

    The orbit of the earth's rotation is somewhat erratic in its journey around the sun and astronomers are seeking to determine what causes the erratic movement. Until they discover the answer it will remain somewhat of a mystery.

    Astronomers have discover previously undiscovered heavenly bodies by studying the gravitation pull from other bodies in the area and tracing the cause to the previously undiscovered body.

    As you can see, population growth has nothing to do with the mass or rotation of the earth.

    Source(s): Astronomy courses in college study of research of astronomers thereafter.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The mass of the earth wont change unless we start bringing in resources from some other planet or the moon. However immigration by a future population may redistribute the mass either closer or further from the equator which would slow or increase the earth rotation retrospectively. However the effect would be infinitesimal, so don't lose any sleep thinking about it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Scientifically speaking number of any living creature has minimal bearing with mass & rotation of the earth.If you mean the change as destruction of our planet, yes of course

    when 6 billion will reach 60 or something like that perhaps our earth will be unable to provide food and necessities of life.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Humans aren't magicked out of the ether. Their mass is collected from the mass of the food they eat. Of course they don't change the mass of the Earth.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ah! But there remains the question: Do human souls have mass...and if they do, do they come from existing mass? hehe


  • 1 decade ago

    No, because the new humans would be formed out of pre-existing matter.

  • Dr. R
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Think about it for a minute. You are what you eat.

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