What If Earth’s Axis Was Tilted by 90 Degrees?

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The Earth sits comfortably in its orbit tilted on its axis at 23 degrees. Knock the planet over and... It wouldn’t be the Earth as you know it.

Long, frigid nights followed by devastatingly blazing days, wiping out any signs of life for good. How can a slight change in its axial tilt make the planet uninhabitable?

Transcript and sources: https://insh.world/science/what-if-earths-axis-was-tilted-by-90-degrees/

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Watch more what-if scenarios:
Planet Earth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-HhCwYD7rc&list=PLZdXRHYAVxTJCzxwmCq0NNpYq9N9wyb2l
The Cosmos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfuJyVkMH_g&list=PLZdXRHYAVxTJno6oFF9nLGuwXNGYHmE8U
Technology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS3bBO05fpU&list=PLZdXRHYAVxTIeRY3JtgXgoGqSEB7kDdKO
Your Body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmXR46TrbA8&list=PLZdXRHYAVxTJNsV9FFeNAKl2ySsHj8GZO
Humanity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdCDQIyXGnw&list=PLZdXRHYAVxTIFnvmOeWbv-Mt8zFxSCSvZ

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