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Just a note regarding Martin Stott's experiences at the equator in Uganda - at the end of this e-mail I've included a few links that explain the Coriolis effect, but since many of them include mathematical equations that make my eyes glaze over, let me summarize:

While there is a Coriolis effect, the effect doesn't work on small bodies of water (such as the young demonstrator's basin) except under strict laboratory conditions, and the young man Stott encountered was doubtless encouraging the spin of the water to demonstrate a misunderstood science effect for countless tourists who, when it comes to science, are, as Stott said "thick as two short planks". (That physicist he talked to later should have known better, though.)

http://www.urbanlegends.com/science/coriolis/coriolis_force_tyson_debu nking.html http://www.urbanlegends.com/science/coriolis/coriolis_force_sci_physic s_faq.html




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