Earth Has Tilted 31.5 Inches: and It is Dangerous
The pumping of up to 2,150 gigatons of groundwater between 1993 and 2010 was found to have caused a 31.5-inch change in Earth's tilt.
The groundwater is being diverted for human consumption and agricultural use,
and will eventually flow into the oceans.
Scientists modeled the observed changes in the rotational pole of the Earth and the movement of water,
and found that the only model that matched the drift included the distribution of 2,150 gigatons of groundwater.
The study emphasizes the significance of understanding the impact of
water movement on Earth's tilt changes and the role of groundwater pumping in polar motion.
Conservationists may find this information useful for addressing climate issues and making long-term changes.