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The bottom of the ocean is more of a "sunken place" than it used to be.
In recent decades, melting ice sheets and glaciers driven by climate change are swelling Earth's oceans. And along with all that water comes an unexpected consequence — the weight of the additional liquid is pressing down on the seafloor, causing it to sink.
Scientists have long known that Earth's crust, or outer layer, is elastic: Earlier research revealed how Earth's surface warps in response to tidal movements that redistribute masses of water; and 2017's Hurricane Harvey dumped so much water on Texas that the ground dropped 0.8 inches (2 centimeters), the Atlantic reported.
originally posted by: WUNK22
I personally don’t care one bit! When I was a kid we where all doomed with the coming ice age. Then black holes, then nuclear wars and the USSR, then killer meteors, then global warming, oh I forgot Y2K. I’ve got to get to work, the leaches need my tax dollars, enjoy..
originally posted by: rickymouse
I never thought about that happening. Good find OP. So the sinking might offset the higher water levels on the shores, so there may not be so much lost land as thought. I would think that the added stress could have an effect on fault lines, but that is just a guess. Maybe volcanic activity will increase too.
Lake superior pushed down considerably during the glacier, it is supposed to rebound some day.
originally posted by: midnightstar
If?? it will happen in a few 100 million years earth
what is strange to me is that it started with one giant landmass and ends up one giant landmass .
The questions are why was the earth so lopsided to begin with ?And why will it end up back to being so lopsided ?
There is no good reason the earths mass was off center and there is no good reason why earths mass will once again be off center .
Being it all started as a ball of dust it should be well centered and land masses should be evenly disturbited more or less .
really more of a bumpy roundish rock with water added but it look more like a potatoes with one side being Much larger then the other .
If you look at a gravitational map of earth it is all out of wack ( wonder what a gravitational map of mars or Venus would look like or better yet Uranus .
Now there is a planet taht had one heck of a impact in the past it was turned sideways and rotates like a tire rolling down a road wile earth is more like a wobbly top spinning .