The Earth’s crust bends and deforms in response to ocean tides, and this barely noticeable warping affects other bodies of water as well as the land, according to a new study. With exacting precision, scientists in the UK have measured the way Loch Ness sloshes around as all of Scotland bends under the strain of the North Sea’s tides. The lake could be used like a level to gauge the planet’s response to the back-and-forth movement of all its water.
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