The Ocean Floor Is Sinking Under The Water Weight From Melting Glaciers, And It’s As Bad As It Sounds

So much extra water is being added into the world’s oceans from melting glaciers that the ocean floor is sinking underneath its increasing weight. This ocean floor deformation also means we have miscalculated just how much ocean levels are rising and the problem could be far worse than previously believed.

h/t Mom, RM

  • “So much extra water is being added into the world’s oceans from melting glaciers that the ocean floor is sinking underneath its increasing weight.”

    The earth has been here for 4.5 billion years, and somehow I am suppose to believe this fantasy.

    • Blacksmith

      Yup, the extra weight is going to cause gravity to supercharge and the core turn into a black hole and we will all cease to exist in this universe to be reborn in the alternate universe on the other side where there are no leftist…. That is what has them in such a tizzy……

      • Thanks. I think I will get ready.

        Break out the 50 year old Scotch and some good hashish.

    • Ed

      the “Hank Johnson” effect.

    • It seems plausible, just like when Superman circled the Earth a few times and turned back time.

      It’s all scientifical and stuff.

      I’m serial.

  • Clink9

    Hurry and raise our taxes before it’s too late!!!

  • Maggat

    Translation: Send more money, suckers.

  • richard

    To say nothing of all those poor fish being crushed.

    • WildWelshWoman

      And drowning!

  • Alain

    And the sky is falling…….

  • It sounds like a self-correcting system doesn’t it?

    That is, if the glaciers were actually melting.

    • ontario john

      Does this mean I can water my garden more?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Yup. So NYC is safe after all. 😉

  • simus1

    Newsweek – What is their motto again? Ooh yes, “We Never Lie About Anything.”

  • Wally Keeler

    Everyone knows that icebergs are weightless — they float ya know.

    • Mr. Meow

      What’s heavier? 10lbs of feathers or 10lbs of rocks?

      • A duck.

        • robins111

          I’m still laughing about Fabio getting smacked in the yap, on the roller coaster ride, by a duck..

          • Justin St.Denis

            Did that actually happen? Is there a video?

          • robins111

            Kinda. If you google it there’s a youtube thingee showing the aftermath.

          • robins111

            And yup. It happened.

      • andycanuck

        You’re at the North Pole because all the polar bears are dead!

  • ontario john

    OH MY GOD!! WERE ALL GOING TO DIE!! We need more carbon taxes! Oprah and Little Justin will save us!

    • Starlord

      Allah and Oprah, Justin is just a minor profit… for himself

  • robins111

    I propose a 50% tax on everything to pay for 1 billion hydraulic Jacks to life the floor of the ocean back in its proper place.

    • Editor

      Or, we could just start drinking a lot more water.

      • Starlord

        Don’t give JT or Wynne any ideas… they be having us drink salt water and taxing us to do it.

      • Clink9

        No way! Fish have sex in that stuff!

    • Couldn’t we abolish all these erosion control regulations and just let nature take its course?

      • Editor

        Sorry Cat, Mother Nature has been raped so bad by toxic masculinity, she’s walking like a cowboy and refuses to come out of her “safe space”.

  • Editor

    C’mon you deniers! It’s not like global warm . . . eh, climate change scientists have been known to manipulate data sets to support their climate models, or isolate very small time frames in temperature graphs to make things look worse than they actually are. The article states “researchers explain how they used a mathematical equation known as the elastic sea level equation to more accurately measure the ocean floor.” Everybody knows “mathematical equations” are immune to manipulation.

    • WildWelshWoman

      Tut tut! It’s been re-branded as “climate disruption.” Get with it, Editor!

      • Editor

        I apologize profusely! It’s hard to keep up. I may be spending too much time studying my genders and prefered pronouns lists.

        • WildWelshWoman

          Well, at least you’d know what to do in California!

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  • Starlord

    Can we use a gigantic bicycle pump to reinflate the core thus stopping the sinking? Or should invoke a ocean floor tax since that seems to the fix for everything. Tax it!

  • patriot6

    This article is from Newsweek? Well, that makes it credible. /sarc

  • Manual Paleologos

    OK, let’s give them their .08 inches. Since the earth is something like 70% ocean, that means the land will rise by .08 / 0.7 = 0.11 inches. It’s like squeezing a balloon one part goes in and another part goes out. The earth is elastic.

    • Justin St.Denis

      The earth is elastic
      Its plastic
      The earth is elastic

      Attrubuted to some “DubPoet” I shared a doobie with in Jamaica a few decades ago”

      • Manual Paleologos

        Sounds like you had some good shit in Jamaica!

  • This may pose a problem for the flat-earthers.

  • barryjr

    WE’RE SAVED ALL PRAISE AL GORE!!!!!!!!!!! With the ocean floor sinking there will be more volume in the oceans to contain the water from the melted ice caps, therefore our coast lines won’t be flooded.

  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    If the ocean floor is sinking, wouldn’t this lower the sea level?

  • Earl Wertheimer

    1) It’s a model. “they used a mathematical equation known as the elastic sea level equation to more accurately measure the ocean floor.”
    2) If the ocean floor goes down, shouldn’t the land go up?

    • Alain

      Atlantis rising……

  • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ

    Finally some good news.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Another trial balloon to see if the public will buy this line of horse manure.

    • Clausewitz

      You’d have to have graduated from a school that turned their Structural Geology degree into Environmental Studies. That’s what they did at McMaster. Thankfully my sheepskin still says Bachelor of Science, Structural Geology.

  • Everyone Else

    The arctic is full of floating glaciers.

    If one of these glaciers melts it will no more increase weight than if an ice cube in my vodka-tonic melts.

    So all the floating glaciers in this study should have been excluded – but there’s no mention of that in the Newsweek scare piece.

    • Manual Paleologos

      It’s not the floating ice that can raise sea levels. As you pointed out, it can’t. It’s the land based ice.

      • Clausewitz

        Yet still to this date there has been no measurement of any rise in the Oceans. The last time the rise was measurable was at the end of the last ice age when landmass ice of approximately 2 miles in thickness melted. Other than Antarctica where on the planet is there this volume of ice?

        • Manual Paleologos

          Mainly Antarctica and Greenlend. If they melted, it would result in a rise in sea level of (IIRC) a couple of feet.

          There is a lot of concern with Antarctica. It has been raining there, last week. That has scared the shit out of some people. Interestingly, there has been reasonable discussion lately about a mass magma upwelling under the Antarctic continent. This could be catastrophic, but it has nothing to do with Anthropogenic Gerbil Worming. There is more in this world and the next, Horatio, than is dreamed of in your Geology.