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Old 05-22-2009, 05:47 PM
Fear Itself Fear Itself is offline
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Originally Posted by Quartz View Post
Since the Earth is an oblate spheroid, perhaps a better comparison might be with a bowls ball?
The equatorial bulge represents a difference of only .003 percent from the polar circumference, so while technically oblate, it is still within the tolerances of a billiard ball.

ETA: Never mind, math is not my strong point. .3 percent is more like it, so it is outside the tolerances of the billiard ball.

Last edited by Fear Itself; 05-22-2009 at 05:51 PM.