Climate change is a constant part of a growing dialogue around the future of our planet. As we know it, we are definitely having some serious impacts on Earth – but now, some of the most-profound information that has ever been uncovered by science is showing that our reach, and the way we are changing the climate is having significant impacts on the very fundamentals of Earth. Most people automatically think of water rise as being the primary driving result behind climate change. However, that isn’t the only change that climate change can cause. In fact, scientists now believe, and have information to support the fact that Iceland is rising out of the water at an eye popping 1.4 inches per year.

On paper that might not seem like the most daunting number. However, the research suggests otherwise, and drastically so. Research that was published in the Geographical Research Letters show that the rising of Earth’s crust has been accelerated over the course of the last 30 years. As the study also shows, during that period the climate was most-significantly altered to coincide with the radical spiking of Earth’s crust. The cause of this uplift is ultimately the melting ice caps around the northern Pole, but it shows just how much of an impact we are physically having on the Earth we call home.

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The study also found that lifting crust wasn’t the only issue that was found while the temperatures steadily rose over that period of time. In fact, it was found that volcanic activity on Iceland was also changing with the rest of the features that seemed to be getting impacted by these changes. Scientists found that it was “similar to putting weights on a trampoline. If you take the weights off, the trampoline will bounce right back up to its original flat shape,” as one of the individuals from the research team pointed out. The science here isn’t much more complicated than that, in terms of why the lift is happening. However, the reasoning for the melting, and the subsequent lift is something that has been debated pretty fiercely for some time. While some believe that humans have little impact on the climate around us – others, as well as scientists – tend to agree that there is most-definitely a human role in this process, and it’s not a good one.