Earth as sponge? It has absorbed enough water to slow sea level rise

Christian Science Monitor: Several regions of Earth that have been battered by rain and floods in the last decade have absorbed enough water to slow global sea level rise by about 20 percent over that time period, scientists say. And, at least for now, this phenomenon has offset the impact of melting ice sheets, glaciers, and pumping of too much groundwater for irrigation, which also contributes to sea level rise when the water is sprayed on plants, then evaporates into the atmosphere and precipitates back into the ocean......

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