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August 25 2013

Gravity map reveals Earth's extremes


Want to lose weight fast? No need to adjust your diet just move to higher ground. This weight change is the result of fluctuations in Earth's gravity, which a new high-resolution map shows are greater than thought.

Gravity is often assumed to be the same everywhere on Earth, but it varies because the planet is not perfectly spherical or uniformly dense. In addition, gravity is weaker at the equator due to centrifugal forces produced by the planet's rotation. It's also weaker at higher altitudes, further from Earth's centre, such as at the summit of Mount Everest.

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