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Earth's gravity field anomalies

Earth's gravity field anomalies

An entrepreneur reads about how gravity is different in different places around the world, as this animation shows, and gets a terrific idea of how to make money!

He sees that in Mexico City the gravitational acceleration is \(\SI[per-mode=symbol]{9.776}{\meter\per\second\squared},\) while in Helsinki it's \(\SI[per-mode=symbol]{9.825}{\meter\per\second\squared}\). Why not buy gold in Mexico City, and then go to Helsinki and sell it there?

He estimates he can make about $200 profit per kg of gold, based on current gold prices. A single standard gold bar weighs about \(\SI{12.4}{\kilo\gram}\), meaning roughly $2500 profit per gold bar! He then flies out to Mexico City to put his money-making plan into action.

What's wrong with his plan, and why won't he make any money with it?

GIF animation is public domain, courtesy NASA


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