As glaciers [ALLEGEDLY] melt due to [MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING], the increasingly hot and parched Earth is absorbing [A LOT] of that water inland, slowing sea level rise, NASA experts said Thursday.
This has temporarily slowed the rate of sea level rise by about 20 percent, it said.
“We always assumed that people’s increased reliance on groundwater for irrigation and consumption was resulting in a net transfer of water from the land to the ocean,” said lead author J.T. Reager of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
“What we didn’t realize until now is that over the past decade, changes in the global water cycle more than offset the losses that occurred from groundwater pumping, causing the land to act like a sponge — at least temporarily.”
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