According to Space.com the Earth’s magnetic north has moved so far from its expected position that scientists have had to update the global magnetic-field model they released only four years ago.
The magnetic North Pole is moving away from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia at a speed of over 30 miles (48 kilometres) a year. According to geologists, this rapid movement is due to liquid iron moving within the planet’s core but don’t worry, this is nothing new. Magnetic pole shifts and even ‘flips’ of magnetic North to South have happened before but the unpredictably and the recent increase in the rate of change has taken scientists by surprise.
There has already been an emergency update to the World Magnetic Model, which cellphone GPS systems and military navigators use to orient themselves and although we will not have noticed anything different it is the continued shift of magnetic north and its increasing speed that has people worried.
What happens if the magnetic poles flip?
According to Livescience.com, some scientists believe that a weakening of the magnetic field could lead to the formation of ozone holes and even possibly the end of civilization. While some scientists aren’t convinced of this doomsday scenario we do know that our modern reliance on technology would definitely be in trouble with solar storms damaging satellites and causing communication and power outages.
So, buckle-up everyone, what with long-term global cooling and magnetic pole flips, it looks like we could be in for a ride of a lifetime.
You can see the full articles here:
Live Science.com What if Earths Magnetic Poles Shift
Space.com Will the magnetic pole flip soon
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