Earth’s Bulging Waistline Blamed on Glaciers, Oceans

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 5, 2002   View Article

Scientists have identified a few suspects behind the Earth’s sudden weight gain around the Equator: glacial melt and shifting ocean mass.

“It is quite striking that we are able to explain the [change] with oceans and glaciers,” said Jean Dickey, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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