Not only has global warming caused the melting of polar ice, which threatens to race sea levels to dangerous heights for coastal communities, the drying up of aquifers has knocked the Earth on its keister by altering the way its turns on its axis. In fact, the North pole has already shifted a few millimeters toward the east. And while we all know that the Earth is not flat, it is not perfectly round either, which causes it to wobble like Weeble as it rotates at an angle of about 23.5 degrees.
According to NASA geophysicists, this serves to make the poles drift slightly, and they have known that the North Pole had been inching its way westward toward Hudson Bay in Canada for approximately 100 years, until it suddenly reversed course in 2000, swinging eastward “twice as fast as normal.”
“The recent shift from the 20th century direction is very dramatic,” states Surendra Adhikari of the NASA
While researchers had previously attributed the movement to melting sheets of ice in both Greenland and Antarctica, the latest computer models now prove that drought and depleting aquifers, especially loss of water around the Caspian Sea and India are also playing a major role in altering the distribution of our planet’s mass. Adhikara also stated that while the polar shifts pose no danger to life on earth at this time, they are a profound sign of just how much impact humans have on the Earth itself.Pole shift hypotheses are not connected with plate tectonics, the well-accepted geological theory that the Earth’s surface consists of solid plates which shift over a viscous, or semifluid asthenosphere; nor with continental drift, the corollary to plate tectonics which maintains that locations of the continents have moved slowly over the face of the Earth, resulting in the gradual emerging and breakup of continents and oceans over hundreds of millions of years.
It should be noted that pole shifts are not the same as geomagnetic reversal, the periodic reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field (effectively switching the north and south magnetic poles), nor do they have anything to do with tectonic plate movements, Pole shift hypotheses are not connected with plate tectonics or continental shifts., However, science shows that a total true polar wander of some 30° has occurred, during the last 200 million years but no super-rapid shifts in the Earth’s pole were found during this period, yet “2 geologically rapid phases of true polar wander in which the magnetic poles shifted by nearly 55°.between 790 and 810 million years ago, when the supercontinent Rodinia existed.