Icebergs and Their Effect on Gravity

Image501By Malena Buker
Last week, all of the new Fall 2014 interns including myself attended a presentation about climate change on Earth. There, we listened to an educated speaker and I took particular interest in the ice at the poles. As the climate continues to change and slowly (so it seems, but not really) the world becomes warmer and warmer, the ice in the poles melts. Anything with mass has a magnetic pull to it on everything else in the world. The mass of the ice in the poles is so great that it actually pulls the water in the oceans towards it. As the ice melts and loses mass, it first adds more water to the already existing water, and second, loses some of its strength on the pull it has on the water. This is extremely relevant to humans because as the amount of water increases and the amount of ice decreases, the level of the rise of water also increases. This means that over time- and sooner than you think!- water will start taking space ON LAND. At first, just the land around the coasts will go under water, but as things continue, soon all land will eventually be under water!
Coastline change due to climate changeSo, I thought that there might be a way that scientists and engineers could attract the water to the poles once again. They could make something artificial, or bring up large rocks and pieces of the Earth and construct them in such a way that they come together and match the mass of the ice at the poles to bring the water towards the poles once again and stop it from reaching and taking over our existing land. I did some research but have not found any evidence that scientists or engineers are working on anything like that. However, I encourage those of you who are reading this to do some research if you’d like, and if you find anything, let us know!

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