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What The Earth Would Look Like Without Water [Gif]

Hits: 17414 | Rating: (2.5) | Category: Science | Added by: ntropy
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Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 625 Posts
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:01:14 PM
The Earth's diameter is 7,918 Miles, Mt. Everst is approximately 5.5 miles above Sea Level and the Marianna trench is approximately 6.8 miles below sea level.

Even without oceans Earth comparatively would be smoother than a Cue Ball albeit not as round since there is a slight bulge in the middle.

And one more fact, the deepest we have ever drilled into the earth would be less than the thickness of the skin on an apple.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 1945 Posts
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:46:12 AM
An image without a source or explanation is pretty useless.

This is the visual equivalent of the phase: "Look how High."
Meaningless without context.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 1293 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:37:41 AM
I don't think it has anything to do with water. It is a representation of the gravity surface anomaly from an oblate spheroid. Possibly based upon the WGS84 as it is pretty close to zero in North America. Anomaly exaggerated to a huge degree of course on the model, but represented by the colours.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 5428 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:32:56 AM
I don't think that's meant to be a physical model.

It looks like a temperature graph showing deviation from average.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10253 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:20:35 AM
Best comment @Freddy.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10253 Posts
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:19:17 AM
Yeah they went nuts with the elevation differences. The Earth is more spherical than this.

Male, 40-49, Asia
 13916 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 9:27:04 PM
The diameter of the earth is about 8000 miles. The range of the opposing shaded areas is 190m. Therefore, the globe portrayed here is grossly exaggerated.

Also, Sri Lanka looks to be at the bottom of the world's deepest ocean. So that's borked.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11735 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 9:18:30 PM
Hey, it's my left testicle!

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2682 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 7:30:27 PM
The difference between the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean ... I don't friggin' think so. Not to mention I thought the deepest part of the ocean was in the Atlantic, not the Indian Ocean.

[edit] the gravity thing I'd buy.

Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5775 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 6:23:37 PM

So, the earth without water resembles a giant Chinese meat bun?

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 256 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 6:13:26 PM
Yeah if the earth were shrunk to the size of a billiard ball it would be perfectly smooth to the touch. this picture is just bad.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 668 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 3:58:57 PM
I think OldOllie nailed it. Nothing to add.

Male, 50-59, Europe
 7089 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 3:49:43 PM
Although I don't agree with the shape we really do take for granted how lucky we are to have all that water. And that wafer thin atmosphere holding us all in place.
And yet still we don't take care of it.

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 2:32:23 PM
This is just total bull$#!+. The difference between the highest point on earth (Mt. Everest) and the lowest point in the ocean (Marianas Trench) is about 0.15% of the earth's diameter, which at the scale of this picture would be considerably less than 1 pixel.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29120 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 2:24:20 PM
Why is most of India under water on this map?

VV @LegerDemain: ooo! Gravitational variances would explain that nicely, notice Hudson's Bay?

Male, 18-29, Europe
 125 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 2:18:18 PM
It's interesting that the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean is one of the highest points of the earth. I would have thought that the ocean floor would be below sea level if it was a map of the earth without the water. I think it's a map of the gravitational variances of the earth, but I'm not sure.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2827 Posts
Monday, June 09, 2014 1:53:22 PM
pretty cool model!

Male, 18-29, Western US
 3188 Posts
Sunday, June 08, 2014 3:08:39 PM
Link: What The Earth Would Look Like Without Water [Gif] [Rate Link] - Just watch it for a minute and imagine. Seems like a pretty legit model.

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