Ever wonder what would happen if the earth’s rotation suddenly reversed? For starters, the deserts would cover North America, arid sand dunes would replace expanses of the Amazon rainforest in South America, and lush, green landscapes would flourish from central Africa to the Middle East. Freezing winters would plague western Europe, while cyanobacteria, a group of bacteria that produce oxygen through photosynthesis, might bloom where they never had before. Continue reading for another video and more information.
“Overall, the researchers found that a backward-spinning Earth was a greener Earth. Global desert coverage shrank from about 16 million square miles to around 12 million square miles. Grasses sprouted over half of the former desert areas, and woody plants emerged to cover the other half. However, deserts emerged where they never had before � in the southeastern U.S., southern Brazil and Argentina, and northern China,” reports Live Science.