One of the small little facts that I always loved is the way the water turns when going down. The difference between the turning on either side of the equator. When I was on my travel throughout Uganda we crossed the equator a couple of times. Of course, I made a couple of funny pictures standing exactly on the 0-degrees line. 1 foot on the northern and 1 foot on the southern hemisphere…
But on one of the more touristic equator crossings, they are showing the difference between the turning of the water. They did a demonstration for us. Although I already knew it, I promised my brother to make videos because he did not believe me. And I thought maybe it would be funny to show to you as well. The videos are not of high quality but the difference is clear to see.
Starting with the northern hemisphere, everything to the north of the equator belongs to it. It is exactly 50% of the earth’s total surface. But this surface consists of 60.7% out of the water but does contain 67.3% of earth’s total land. The northern hemisphere is home to approximately 6.57 billion people which is around 90% of the earth’s total human population of 7.3 billion people (2015).
North of the equator, the water tends to turn to the right.
The southern hemisphere, everything to the south of the equator belongs to it It is exactly 50$ of earth’s total surface. but this surface consists of 80,9% of water, and only contains 32,7% of earth’s total land. The southern hemisphere is home to approximately 800 million people which is around 10% of earth’s total human population of 7,3 billion people (2015).
South of the equator, the water tend to turn to the left.
The equator is the zero circle of latitude (0 degrees). It is the imaginary line dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres. the Equator is about 40,075 kilometres long, of which 78.7% lies across the water and 21.3% over land.
On the equator, the water does not turn at all. And that is for me the most interesting part.