Melting Glaciers a Spoke in Earth’s Wheel

Melting Glaciers, More Rain to Swell Himalayan Rivers
  • Rising global temperatures are causing glaciers to melt at the poles, leading to an influx of large amounts of water into the ocean.
  • This meltdown from higher altitudes is moving towards the Equator, swelling up the water bodies in the region.
  • According to a new study by a group of researchers from Harvard University, ‘the shrinking of glaciers and the resultant “slight shift” of the North Pole is “causing the Earth to slightly wobble as it spins on its axis”.
  • The study also claims that the shift in Earth’s weight has slowed down its rotation by 1.7 milliseconds a century.