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“Climate Change is Changing the Shape of the Planet”. Powerful stuff that warming is.

Jonathan O’Callaghan — The Daily Mail — May 13, 2014

Is climate change making Earth ‘EXPAND’? Melting ice sheets could be altering the shape of our planet

  • Research led by Newcastle University studied the motion of Earth’s crust
  • They found it was moving much faster than thought in Antarctica
  • The scientists suggest the movement could be caused by climate change
  • As the heavy ice above melts, Earth’s mantle moves more easily
  • Growth happened in decades but should have taken thousands of years

At the surface, Antarctica is a motionless and frozen landscape.

Yet hundreds of miles down the Earth is moving at a rapid rate, new research has shown.

The study, led by Newcastle University and published this week in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, explains for the first time why the upward motion of the Earth’s crust in the Northern Antarctic Peninsula is currently taking place so quickly.

Previous studies have shown Earth is ‘rebounding’ due to the overlying ice sheet shrinking in response to climate change.

This movement of the land was understood to be due to an instantaneous, elastic response followed by a very slow uplift over thousands of years.   Continue reading here….

(Editor’s notes:  I guess the moon will change shape next.  Then the two will look something like this. — DQ)

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