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Earth is an oblate spheroid.
8%
Earth is spherical.
25%
Earth is slightly pear-shaped.
9%
Earth is a geoid.
25%
Earth is approximately a geoid.

I will include a question on my upcoming survey asking, "How would you describe the shape of the Earth?" The options are:

  • Flat

  • Round (spherical)

  • Oblate spheroid

  • Approximately an oblate spheroid with slight pear-shapedness

  • Geoid

  • Approximately a geoid, but with imperfections due to surface features that don't exactly match the ideal equigeopotential surface

  • Dinosaur-shaped

  • Hyperbolic plane

  • Other

Aside from the goofy options (Flat, Dinosaur-shaped, and Hyperbolic plane) and Other, I will find the median response of the remaining options, ordered from least pedantic (spherical) to most pedantic (approximately a geoid). The least-to-most pedantic ordering is the same as the ordering of options here. If the median response is between two options, I'll resolve to both of them equally.

See Plasma's Manifold Survey for other questions about the survey.

The survey is officially out! You can take it here: https://forms.gle/xZqWVxuY5irgLigu9

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