Saturday, August 23, 2014

Strange but true Bizarre discovery

Okay, you are going to think I'm making this up, so I'll give you a link to the Scientific American so you will believe me when I say California is growing up.

It turns out water was keeping it down and now with the drought worse than ever some mountains are 0.6 inches taller.

Shocking, right? When the ground loses its water, it rises.

Yeah, that's a decimal point before the 6. Stop grumbling that I'm wasting your time on a half inch. Just think about the tardigrade. This has to be a terrifying for them.

An adult tardigrade is 0.06 inches long.

Note the extra zero between the dot and the 6.
That means California, when measured by the tardigrades (who measure the world by their body length--don't roll your eyes, we measure by some dead guy's obsolete foot) this means California has increased 100 tardi's. That's huge. How would you like to wander out from your tardi leaf and discover your fancy watch has increased it's sea level measure by 100 tardies.

They have to be terrified by the change. And you should be concerned too.  The West is seriously drying up. They've calculated 240 gigatons of water have evaporated from the ground. And when you removed that much weight from the crust it actually bulges upward by half inch.

(No, the tardis are not sharing their research with me. That came from the researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the Univ. of CA-San Diego. I'm sure the tardi's report is far more alarming--size really does matter.) 

How did we even notice a half inch change in a mountain? Turns out someone noticed the current GPS readings are higher than those of 2003. 

GPS has got to be one of the best inventions ever! I wonder if the tardi's have GPS.

For the actual, serious article: check out Scientific American


  1. California is having all sorts of problems. I see that real estate there will become cheaper as people decide to leave places with no water!

    1. And yet some peeps continue to water their grass... The tardigrades are questioning our intelligence.


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