North Pole Is Moving ... But Why?
The North Pole is moving and its forwarding address is somewhere closer to Greenland.
According to a new study, the cause of our North Pole's drift is due to rapidly melting ice sheets throughout the Earth.
As most people know, the Earth is not a perfect sphere but rather instead "egg-shaped." Because of this attribute, the North Pole is a bit off-center and its placement is directly related to the planet's distribution of mass.
Since the Ice Age, the North Pole has steadily been drifting south "as the enormous ice sheets that once covered large swaths of the planet melted and parts of the Earth rebounded from the lost weight," according to a report by LiveScience on Wednesday, May 15.
The new strange movement by the North Pole, however, has been observed since 2005 in which its location has been moving eastward, as well. The movement east toward Greenland has been taking place over the span of centimeters each year.
The reason for the odd movement by the North Pole is the rapidly melting Greenland Ice Sheet, which has been documented in a new study published on Monday, May 13 in the Geophysical Research Letters journal.
"[R]ecent accelerated ice loss and associated sea-level rise accounted for more than 90% of the post-2005 polar shift," Nature relayed on Tuesday, May 14 in its analysis of the North Pole study.
Although the change observed was small, according to what University of Texas at Austin co-study author Clark Wilson told LiveScience, if the two factors of the North Pole's regular movement -- Earth's bulging in the middle (known as the 14-month Chandler wobble) and seasonal shifts resulting in an an annual wobble -- are not accounted for, the new shift toward Greenland can be seen as a long-term effect of rapidly melting ice sheets.
The movement of the North Pole is not only perhaps a warning of the dangers of climate change. It is also a critical factor in our daily lives, as the very foundation of our GPS is based on the position of the North Pole, which guides not only your mapping apps, but also those for the planes and systems of the military.
Like what you're reading? Follow @ProfKlickberg.
New Fuel Economy: How Trump’s New Fuel Policies Affect Car Owners and Gas Prices
President Trump's rules and regulations on fuel is set to impact the auto industry and its customers significantly.
Heat Waves And Pollution In Asia Worsen US Smog
According to new research, heat waves and air pollution in Asia have increased smog in the US. These can be deadly for vulnerable individuals with researches linking them to premature death from heart disease, stroke and lung ailments.
Global Warming Wrecks Havoc In Arctic's Wildlife
Global warming causes plants in the low Arctic of Greenland to bloom sooner than usual, while the emergence of others are delayed. Warmer winters cause spring to come sooner, triggering the changes in nature's clock, and wrecking havoc in its wildlife.
To Slow Down Global Warming, Scientists Propose To Refreeze Te Arctic Sea Ice
With the continuous efforts to eradicate global warming, can we still do something to at least slow down its inevitable adverse effects? What's the truth behind claims that scientists allegedly wanted to refreeze the Arctic sea ice caps to battle the ice melt? Is this the only solution? If so, how will they do it? Find out what experts have to say
Aerosol Emission Reduces Impact Of Global Warming On The Arctic
Recovered Russian climate observations show a greater sea ice expansion before the 1970s when the Clean Air regulation took effect to curb gas emissions. Scientists conclude that humans may have altered Arctic sea ice for longer than we previously thought.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
iOS 11 Plagued with Untested Bugs and Early Adoption Pitfalls
Reports of nagging iOS 11 issues have started pouring in just a day after the software was released by Apple on supported devices.
'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 3 Delayed By Its Live-Action Movie? Ken Kenaki Returns With Another Identity?
"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3's release is delayed and there are countless speculations as to why it is being pushed back. Reports claim that the show is to give way to "One Punch Man" and "My Hero Acdemia" but new rumors say that it's lack of materials and storyline as well as its live-action movie are causing the delay.
‘Resident Evil 7: Not A Hero DLC’ First Gameplay Trailer Leaks Online
First gameplay trailer pertaining to RE7: Not A Hero DLC has just leaked on YouTube.