Skip to comments.Earth Enters Unknown as Magnetic North Pole Continues Push Toward Russia, Crosses Greenwich Meridian
Posted on 12/13/2019 2:22:18 PM PST by Red Badger
Earlier this year, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the British Geological Survey (BGS) were forced to update the World Magnetic Model a year ahead of schedule due to the speed with which the magnetic north pole is shifting out of the Canadian Arctic and toward Russias Siberia.
The BGS and the US National Centers for Environmental Information has released a new update to the World Magnetic Model this week, confirming that the magnetic north pole, whose coordinates are crucial for the navigation systems used by governments, militaries and a slew of civilian applications, is continuing its push toward Siberia.
The WMM2020 forecasts that the northern magnetic pole will continue drifting toward Russia, although at a slowly decreasing speed down to about 40 km per year compared to the average speed of 55 km over the past twenty years, the US agency said in a press statement.
The data confirmed that this year, the magnetic north pole passed to within 390 km of the geographic North Pole, and crossed the Greenwich (prime) meridian. Compilers also confirmed that the Earths magnetic field is continuing to weaken, at a rate of about 5 percent every 100 years.
Global map of declination and the dip pole locations for 2020
The World Magnetic Model is used by everything from smartphone compass apps, maps and GPS services to telecommunications transmission systems, and navigation tools for various agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, the US Defence Department and NATO. Scientists Still Dont Know Exactly Whats Driving Poles Accelerated Drift
Magnetic north, the point on the planets surface toward which your conventional compass points, is created by the churning of molten metal in Earths core, which creates huge electrical currents to produce the magnetic field.
Commenting on the freshly-released magnetic north pole data, Dr. Ciaran Beggan, a geophysicist and geomagnetic specialist from the British Geological Surveys Edinburgh office, told FT that although the movement of the pole has been much faster since the 1990s than at any time for at least four centuries, scientists really dont know much about the changes in the core thats driving it.
With the pole passing the Greenwich meridian and continuing its race east, humanity is entering the unknown, scientifically speaking, since, from the time records of the magnetic north poles position have been kept starting in the 16th century, the pole had drifted around the Canadian Arctic.
Tardis located: North Pole
Dr. Phil Livermore of Leeds Universitys Institute of Geophysics recently postulated that a jet stream of liquid iron flowing in the planets core could help explain shifts in the position of magnetic north, but suggested tracking the flows of this liquid iron could be difficult, because it lies beneath 3,000 kilometres of rock.
Scientists have previously expressed concerns about the fluctuations in the magnetic north pole and its possible impact on the magnetic field protecting Earth. Without the field, Earth would be left vulnerable to solar flares, which could cause damage to everything from spacecraft to power grids. Even with the magnetic field intact, the planet remains vulnerable. In 2011, the US National Academy of Sciences calculated that a repeat of a solar storm like the one which hit the planet in 1859 could cause as much as $2 trillion in initial damage, and take a decade to repair.
Furthermore, a weakened magnetic field may lead to a potentially cataclysmic process scientists call a geomagnetic reversal, in which the Earths north and south poles effectively switch places. The last such flip is estimated to have taken place about 800,000 years ago, and some scientists believe that another may be due soon, even though such an event could take centuries to complete.
They are trying to steal our Magnetic North Pole!............
Another article of impeachment against Trump!
When the poles flip, and they will, people will long for the days when we only had global warming to worry about.
Great. As if my internal compass wasn’t already screwed up enough.
I live in one of those areas in which there is zero magnetic declination from true North.
Hope that doesn’t change.
Send Greta, the new climate goddess, and all her acolytes up there with a gigantic magnet to pull it back. This will probably take a considerable amount of time, possibly years.
“Clear to land on 11, er 12, er..13 left er..right...oh you figure it out.”
Interesting. Post ust have fell out geosynchronous orbit
That’s what I’m sayin’, man. Even my GPS says, “Dude, I don’t know where we are either.”
The Russians have stolen the North Pole.
Has Hillary accused Santa of being a Russian agent yet?
They just need to stop this crap.
We already gave them a McDonalds. Now they want the North Pole too?
Trump sold the North Pole to the Russians! Impeach him!
Above is a link where you can figure out the declination based on your zip code. It changes over the years (as the article states) - so if you have thought your declination is zero for the last ten years, it probably has changed a little bit.
Maps will give the rate of change each year as well, so you don’t have to throw out that map from 1972. Of course the rate of change is just estimated. Hmm. I might have to do that - pull out an old map and see how accurate they were on their estimate!
It’s those pesky Russians again!
They are trying to steal our Magnetic North Pole!............
Hillary only gave away 1/5 of our Uranium.
Trump is letting them get away with the 100% of the pole!
Trump’s fault. Trump and those damned SUVs.
Womyn and minorities will be hardest hit.
Georgio says: “Aliens”. Just last week in fact, while speculating the moon is a hollowed out sphere full of ... well, you know: “Aliens”.
Does Santa live at the magnetic pole?
Just checked. I am now 3 degrees West. Moving West each year.
No, he lives at the Real North Pole....................
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