moveVanishing water is causing the ground to rise in the western United States, according to a new study. Scientists estimate that 63 trillion gallons of water has been lost in the west over the past 18 months. The surface of the Earth is much more springy than you might think. When you put something very heavy on it, there’s a good chance the ground will sink at least a little bit. And in the same way, when you remove something very heavy, the ground will lift. As it turns out, 63 trillion gallons of water is pretty heavy. More