• Question: what would happen if the world split in half?

    Asked by spencer1x to Adam, Catherine, Karen, Leila, Nazim on 19 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Karen Masters

      Karen Masters answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I can’t think of any way this could happen. The Earth is held together by its own gravity…..

    • Photo: Adam Stevens

      Adam Stevens answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Actually, gravity would probably just pull it back together again. Simples.

    • Photo: Leila Battison

      Leila Battison answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t happen! But if there was some huge impact that smashed the earth into two bits, they might get spherical and turn into two planets that orbited each other…

      Hang on! That’s like a moon! That’s a little bit how our moon was formed!

    • Photo: Nazim Bharmal

      Nazim Bharmal answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I can’t imagine the Earth splitting in half without such a huge force that everything else would be destroyed. But eventually, gravity would pull all the bits together. Like Leila said, that is almost how the moon was made.