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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 9 months ago

# Shouldn't a round earth have a west pole and east pole as well?

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• 9 months ago

not when magnetics is involved

• 8 months ago

Well, earth only rotates about one axis, but we do separate east from west using our navigation systems.

• Tom
Lv 7
8 months ago

It only turns on ONE axis north and south---so there cant be east and west poles.

• Tom S
Lv 7
9 months ago

Nope, Earth has one axis of rotation.

• 9 months ago

because the poles would clash in the earths core and it would wobble causing nausea

• 9 months ago

A Geographic Poles are locations on a rotating body (such as a planet) which remain fixed and do not create a (virtual) circular path as the body they are located on rotates. There are only two locations on a rotating body that satisfy this requirement: the North Geographic Pole and the South Geographic Pole.

If you can locate two locations on a rotating body, other than the North and South Geographic Poles, that satisfy this requirement, please tell us what and where they are and how they satisfy the requirement for a Geographic Pole.

• Anonymous
9 months ago

No because the earth's rotational axis is aligned north to south. Because of the tilt of the axis, temperatures vary from one pole to the equator. Temperature and day length at the equator does not vary much east to west.

• 9 months ago

There is only one rotational axis, so there is only one pair of poles. The direction "east" is the forward direction of the spin.

• 9 months ago

Why?

North and South are absolute positions because a magnetic field has those limits. East and West are relative positions without a fixed limit.

• Tom S
Lv 7
9 months agoReport

Magnetic fields have nothing to do with it, Mars for instance has a North and South pole, but no global magnetic field. It's all about rotation.

• geezer
Lv 7
9 months ago

No .. because we rotate around the poles.

Literally, as if there was a pole going through the earth with the earth spinning on it.

There is also the 'magnetic effect' ..

Using a compass .. if you travel West you will travel West ... forever.

Same with East.

But travel North you will reach a point when you are suddenly traveling South

and vice versa.