As the Earth's largest chunks of ice continue to get smaller and smaller, sea levels have risen. All that melting ice has to go somewhere, so as it seeps into the oceans, beaches and shorelines are feeling the pinch. However, a new study on the effects of glacial melting has revealed another unexpected consequence of ice mass loss. As it turns out, the ever increasing mass of water is actually pushing the ocean floor down.
The study, which was published in Geophysical Research Letters, focuses on the redistribution of mass from melted glaciers on a global scale. The findings suggest that not only is the sea floor being pushed down and deformed, but also that its movement is going to make it even more difficult to predict and monitor the changes in sea level as climate change marches on.
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Melting glaciers aren’t just causing sea levels to rise – they’re causing the ocean floor to sink originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 8 Jan 2018 at 15:02:28 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.