When I saw this topic I thought it was a review of What If There was No Moon
by Steve Parker, a science teacher. I reviewed it on Virtual Net[/nb]I'm sure you never heard of it.[/nb] about 1995. There was a copy at my local library.
He had about 8 what-if Earths, the first and last were:
SOLON -- What if there was no moon?
HADES -- What if a mini black hole went thru the Earth?
He had other scenarios about different sizes for the Earth.
Without the tides the Earth would not have significantly slowed. The day would be 15 hours long. Wind speeds nowadays are commonly 20 mph and we think nothing of it -- not till about 40 mph. The wind speed on Solon would be commonly be 32 mph and hurricanes would be frequent. Our current trees are knocked down in wind storms so vegetation would be thicker and shorter than our trees.
Unfortunately it is out of print and the library no longer has it either.
And despite what that silly person
says, there could easily be life on Earth.