#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Over the past 20 years, because of global warming, the active melting of glaciers has caused noticeable shifts in the Earth’s axis of rotation. According to scientists from the Chinese Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, in addition to climate change, the process shows a negative human impact on nature.
According to research, from 1995 to 2020, the direction of the polar drift shifted from south to east. Over the years, the drift rate was 17 times higher than in the period from 1981 to 1995.
“Glacial losses contributed more to the shift. Other reasons include pumping out groundwater, as well as groundwater used for agriculture. Over the past 50 years, mankind has removed 18 trillion tons of water from deep underground reservoirs”, the Geophysical Research Letters quoted scientists.
At the same time, scientists note that the movement of the earth’s axis is not big enough to affect everyday life. However, if the movement increases, it will affect the length of the day and night and will contribute to natural disasters.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: open sources