Friday, October 27, 2006

Observe an animation of the Coriolis effect over Earth's surface.

The Coriolis effect is just one of those things not thought about until you have to fly a plane to Miami from Alaska. This has never personally happened to me, but I'd like to think one day I will be more than the GIS PILOT and an actual pilot. So, here's wishing...

Anyway, here's a neat site with animations of how the Coriolis effect can throw off the pilot of an airplane if they are not paying attention.

"A plane flying from Anchorage, Alaska directly toward Miami, Florida would miss its target due to the Coriolis effect. The target location where the plane was headed when it took off has moved with Earth's rotation, so the plane would end up to the right of its original target."

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