This pair of Earth science animations uses airline flight patterns to demonstrate the Coriolis effect in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The animations first show two planes' target destinations and intended flight paths on a stationary Earth. Then, the planet rotates, revealing that the plotted routes would take the plane in the Northern Hemisphere to the right of its intended destination and the plane in the Southern Hemisphere to the left of its intended destination. Accompanying text explains that, because of the Earth's rotation, these planes would miss their landing targets if pilots did not factor the Coriolis effect into their flight plans. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse


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