What will happen to the Earth if the Moon disappears?

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Most people believe that our satellite affects them the most at the time of the full moon. Some even claim that scientists have proven it. Of course, the Moon has a significant impact on the Earth, but does its phase matter? And what would happen to the Earth if it did not exist at all?

“Scientists have confirmed that most children are born during the full moon period” — such headlines in various newspapers thunder during the “supermoon” or lunar eclipse. Astrologers for each full moon make a list of things that should not be done during this phase of the moon. Most people believe this, but what does science say?

There have been studies and statistics on the question of greater fertility during the full moon, but for astrologers, the conclusion of the scientists who conducted these studies is disappointing. From 1985 to 1990, France collected such statistics and, according to its conclusions, it follows that during the full moon, the birth rate increase is only 0.14 percent, which is too little for any proof of this theory.

Some researchers continue to argue that they still see a slight connection between humans and changes in the phases of the moon, while others categorically deny this. The latter argue that if monthly cycles had a noticeable effect on human activity, then the connection would have long been proven by science. But so far not a single theory about the influence of the moon on human activity in general has convinced scientists.

Unlike the statements of astrology, the impact of the moon on the earth is scientifically proven fact. One of them is the ebb and flow of water on Earth. The level of the ocean and other large bodies of water depends on the location of the sun and moon. After all, the gravity of these celestial bodies affects the water, raising it in certain places.

In addition, due to the relatively large size of the moon, our planet is more stable. According to scientists, it is thanks to the Moon that the Earth has an almost stable tilt axis, which ensures a stable change of seasons.

This is of course impossible, but let’s imagine this situation. In the absence of the Moon, the tides would be significantly weakened (only the solar ones would remain). However, many sea creatures rely on tides to survive, so as the coastal ecosystem disappears, many species can die, and this will have unpredictable negative consequences for other marine and terrestrial animals, which, according to scientists, could even lead to mass extinctions.

In addition, tidal movements help stabilize the Earth’s climate. Ocean currents are mainly driven by tides. These currents carry warm water from the equator around the world and thus have a significant impact on the global climate. Without this influence, the Earth’s temperature can change significantly, which will lead to climate change.

One of the most significant consequences of the influence of the moon on the earth is the tilt of the earth’s axis. If the moon disappears, it will destabilize the tilt of the axis. It can change over time, leading to more extreme climates and even ice ages.

Also, without night lighting, many predators will not be able to hunt and will die, which will lead to drastic changes in the ecosystem: animals breeding without natural control can eat up all vegetation, as it was during the sparrow hunting period in China, when, due to the mass extermination of these birds, they bred insects and ate up all the crops, becoming one of the reasons for the massive famine.

Author: Alexey Nimchuk. Edited by Fedor Karasenko.

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