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First of all, I listen to the show often and enjoy it very much.

I was enjoying the report by Martin Stott about Uganda when he started describing an encounter at the equator with a man who was demonstrating how the water emptied from a bowl swirled one direction north of the equator, swirled in the opposite direction south of the equator and not at all exactly at the equator.

I am afraid Martin has been taken in by a charlatan.

Please go to the following link for an explanation.


Not only is the effect very difficult to observe on a scale as small as a bowl even under ideal conditions, the effect decreases as one approaches the equator (it is a maximum at the poles). At the equator it is zero and a few feet from the equator the effect is very very very small.





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