The tilt of the Earth has shifted due to the pumping of groundwater
Between 1993 and 2010, the Earth's tilt shifted by 80 centimeters due to the pumping of 2,150 gigatons of groundwater from deep within the planet. This may have implications for the climate. If this amount of water were poured into the world's oceans, their level would rise six millimeters, according to Space.
Groundwater pumped from mid-latitudes has the greatest impact on the tilt of the planet.
Scientists have built models of the rotation of the Earth. It turns out that the axis of rotation does not coincide with the geographical poles and changes over time. Researchers took into account the melting of icebergs and the redistribution of water mass due to climate change. However, until data on pumped groundwater was added to the calculations, the results did not match reality.
The tilt of the Earth's axis can affect seasonal weather patterns. Therefore, in the long run, shifting the poles of rotation could alter the climate.