This is the time of year when the people in Greenwhich, England figure out what time it really is and adjust the time by a second or two. A sediment mainly made up of algae, which is affected by light and thus “records” the amount of sunlight, indicates that days are longer than they used to be, meaning the rotation of the Earth is slowing down. Astronomers say that during the early years of Earth’s existence, it took only six hours for our planet to make one complete rotation, which was the length of a single day.

Why is Earth slowing down? By melting some of the ice at the poles, global warming could be making Earth?s rotation speed up and our days shorter.

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