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  • Ice age polarity reversal was global event:

    04/06/2015 5:26:46 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 68 replies ^ | October 16, 2012 | Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
    Ice Age Magnetic Reversal Was Global Event And Linked With Super Volcano Eruption And Rapid Climate Variability, Says New Research October 17, 2012 in Geology & Climate During the last ice age, around 41,000 years ago, there was a very rapid and complete reversal of the Earth’s geomagnetic field, according to new research. There was already localized evidence of polarity reversals during this time, but with the new research, the theory that it was a global event is now strongly supported. And very interestingly, it is one that nearly coincided with the very fast, short-term climate variability of the last...
  • ‘Significant Global Event From The Past’: Scientists Get Shocking Evidence From Earth’s Inner Core

    02/22/2023 12:40:46 PM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2023 10:38 AM ET | KAY SMYTHE
    A study published Tuesday suggests that Earth has an additional inner core that may tell the tale of a “significant global event from the past.” The highly specialized study published in Nature found that there is a giant metal ball sitting within the Earth’s inner core, known as the innermost inner core (IMIC). The ball is roughly 800 miles, and has been part of geological theory for quite some time, but the results from the study almost conclusively prove its existence (since we can’t get down there and check with our own eyes). The study was conducted by a team...
  • CAPSTONE Becomes First Probe to Enter Unique Halo Orbit Around the Moon

    11/14/2022 8:55:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | 11/14/2022 | George Dvorsky
    NASA’s Artemis program took an important step forward this weekend, with CAPSTONE finally reaching its destination—a near-rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO) around the Moon. The 55-pound cubesat will now test this promising orbit in preparation for the Gateway lunar space station. CAPSTONE, short for Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment, reached NRHO on Sunday, November 13, according to an Advanced Space press release. Later this week, the $33 million cubesat will attempt a pair of tiny clean-up maneuvers to confirm its placement in the lunar orbit. In addition to being the first human-built device to operate in NRHO,...
  • Mysterious Shift in Earth's Gravity Suggests Equator is Bulging

    08/01/2002 3:13:16 PM PDT · by RightWhale · 107 replies · 651+ views ^ | 1 Aug 02 | Robert Roy Britt
    Mysterious Shift in Earth's Gravity Suggests Equator is Bulging By Robert Roy Britt Senior Science Writer posted: 02:00 pm ET 01 August 2002 Something strange has been going on under our feet for the past four years. Earth's gravity field suddenly shifted gears and began getting flatter, reversing a course of centuries during which the planet and its gravity field grew rounder each year. The scientists who noticed the change and report it in the Aug. 2 issue of the journal Science suspect Earth itself may be flattening out, with the oceans rising near the equator, but they aren't...
  • Satellites Solve Mystery Of Low Gravity Over Canada

    05/11/2007 4:37:41 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 1,893+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-10-2007 | Kelly Young
    Satellites solve mystery of low gravity over Canada 20:16 10 May 2007 news service Kelly Young The GRACE satellites have detected changes in the gravitational field over regions of Canada that can be attributed to the crust bouncing back after the melting of a glacier 20,000 years ago and convection in Earth's mantle (Illustration: Science/M Tamisiea) If it seems Canadians weigh less than their American neighbours, they do – but not for the reasons you might think. A large swath of Canada actually boasts lower gravity than its surroundings. Researchers have puzzled for years over whether this was due...
  • Geologists Have Closely Analyzed Two Bizarre 'Blobs' Detected Deep Inside Earth

    03/11/2022 6:57:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | 11 MARCH 2022 | CARLY CASSELLA
    Rotating 3D view of Earth's blobs. (Cottaar & Lekic/Geophysical Journal International, 2016) ********************************************************************************************* Earth's interior is not a uniform stack of layers. Deep in its thick middle layer lie two colossal blobs of thermo-chemical material. To this day, scientists still don't know where both of these colossal structures came from or why they have such different heights, but a new set of geodynamic models has landed on a possible answer to the latter mystery. These hidden reservoirs are located on opposite sides of the world, and judging from the deep propagation of seismic waves, the blob under the African continent...
  • Wild New Paper Suggests Earth's Tectonic Activity Has an Unseen Source

    01/27/2022 12:39:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 55 replies ^ | 26 JANUARY 2022 | DAVID NIELD
    Earth is far from a solid mass of rock. The outer layer of our planet – known as the lithosphere – is made up of more than 20 tectonic plates; as these gargantuan slates glide about the face of the planet, we get the movement of continents, and interaction at the boundaries, not least of which is the rise and fall of entire mountain ranges and oceanic trenches. Yet there's some debate over what causes these giant slabs of rock to move around in the first place. Amongst the many hypotheses put forward over the centuries, convection currents generated by...
  • Recordings of the magnetic field from 9,000 years ago teach us about the magnetic field today

    12/11/2021 10:51:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | August 16, 2021 | Tel Aviv University
    The researchers explain that instruments for measuring the strength of the Earth's magnetic field were first invented only approximately 200 years ago. In order to examine the history of the field during earlier periods, science is helped by archaeological and geological materials that recorded the properties of the field when they were heated to high temperatures. The magnetic information remains "frozen" (forever or until another heating event) within tiny crystals of ferromagnetic minerals, from which it can be extracted using a series of experiments in the magnetics laboratory. Basalt from volcanic eruptions or ceramics fired in a kiln are frequent...
  • Earth Keeps Pulsating Every 26 Seconds. No One Knows Why.

    11/04/2020 10:57:01 PM PST · by Viking2002 · 92 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 10/30/2020 | CAROLINE DELBERT
    Why is Earth pulsating every 26 seconds, and why canÂ’t scientists explain it after 60 years? This is an enigma wrapped in a periodically predictable mystery motion. It could be a harmonic phenomenon, a regular seismic chirp caused by the sunÂ’s energy, or a beacon drawing scientists to its source to begin a treasure hunt. âž¡ The world is weird. We'll show you how it works. In the early 1960s, a geologist named Jack Oliver first documented the pulse, also known as a "microseism," according to Discover. Oliver, who worked at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory at the time, heard...
  • NASA's New X-Ray Telescope Is A Revolution in Astronomy and Launch Profiles [SpaceX, Van Allen Belt, South Atlantic Anomaly]

    12/11/2021 7:35:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 9, 2021 | Scott Manley (fly safe)
    NASA's new Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer spacecraft is a tiny satellite with the unique ability to capture images in X-ray with polarization and timing information for every photon captured. It's designed to operate for 2 years and capture new scientific measurements of some of the most extreme places in the universe with gravitational and magnetic fields that would destroy ordinary matter.And in an interesting turn of events the satellite switched from the intended launch vehicle to a cheaper option that nobody considered - the Falcon 9. This is the first time we've seen a rocket lauched from a domestic US...
  • NASA Is Tracking a Vast, Growing Anomaly in Earth's Magnetic Field

    08/18/2020 11:08:14 AM PDT · by amorphous · 77 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 18 August 2020 | PETER DOCKRILL
    NASA is actively monitoring a strange anomaly in Earth's magnetic field: a giant region of lower magnetic intensity in the skies above the planet, stretching out between South America and southwest Africa.
  • Part of Earth's Magnetic Field is Getting Weaker in 'Vigorously' Developing Anomaly, Scientists Say

    05/22/2020 9:17:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    newsweek. ^ | 5/22/20 | Hannah Osborne
    Using satellite data, researchers believe an "anomaly" in the South Atlantic may have split in two, with the eastern section "developing vigorously." Earth's magnetic field is generated by movements within the planet's molten iron core. ...When the magnetic field is stronger, it blocks more radiation. When it is weaker, more radiation reaches the planet's surface. The magnetic field is constantly moving. It strengthens and weakens as part of normal fluctuations. According to the European Space Agency, the magnetic field has lost around 9 percent of its strength over the preceding two centuries. One section of the magnetic field has been...
  • Earth’s Magnetic Field is Changing

    12/23/2016 10:21:45 AM PST · by tired&retired · 61 replies ^ | May 16, 2016 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    Anyone watching a compass needle point steadily north might suppose that Earth’s magnetic field is a constant. It’s not. Researchers have long known that changes are afoot. The north magnetic pole routinely moves, as much as 40 km/yr, causing compass needles to drift over time. Moreover, the global magnetic field has weakened 10% since the 19th century. Earth’s magnetic field protects us from solar storms and cosmic rays. Less magnetism means more radiation can penetrate our planet’s atmosphere. Indeed, high altitude balloons launched by routinely detect increasing levels of cosmic rays over California. Perhaps the ebbing magnetic field over...
  • Air France 447 electrical problems and the South Atlantic Anomaly

    06/05/2009 11:33:42 AM PDT · by libh8er · 21 replies · 1,362+ views
    Baltimore Weather Examiner ^ | 6.4.09 | Tony Pann
    he Bermuda Triangle and missing aircraft may seem like science fiction, but there is a well documented region off of the coast of Brazil that contains highly charged particles. This area is known as the South Atlantic Anomaly and is avoided at all costs by orbiting satellites. NASA satellites that do travel in the region are shut down, or go into SAFE mode to avoid damage while passing over the Atlantic between Brazil and Africa. The electrical field around earth protects us from cosmic rays. There are two bands that trap highly charged particles circle the earth. The protons trapped...
  • Is Earth's core lopsided? Strange goings-on in our planet's interior

    06/05/2021 7:39:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | June 3. 2021
    The faster growth under Indonesia's Banda Sea hasn't left the core lopsided. Gravity evenly distributes the new growth—iron crystals that form as the molten iron cools—to maintain a spherical inner core that grows in radius by an average of 1 millimeter per year. But the enhanced growth on one side suggests that something in Earth's outer core or mantle under Indonesia is removing heat from the inner core at a faster rate than on the opposite side, under Brazil. Quicker cooling on one side would accelerate iron crystallization and inner core growth on that side. This has implications for Earth's...
  • How long is a day on Venus? It's always changing, new study reveals

    05/11/2021 3:47:32 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Space dot com ^ | May 8. 2021 | Meghan Bartels
    Astronomers have long struggled to pin down how long a day lasts on Venus, but new research suggests the difficulty stems not from flawed measurements but from real variations in the planet's spin.In a new study, scientists used a massive radar system to bounce lightwaves off our neighboring planet over the course of more than a decade. As a result, the researchers were able to measure how tilted Venus' axis is, how big its core is, and how long it takes the planet to complete one full rotation...Between 2006 and 2020, the team used this radar system to bounce a...
  • Vast Fragments of an Alien World Could Be Buried Deep Within Earth Itself

    03/25/2021 7:25:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 24 MARCH 2021 | PETER DOCKRILL
    The African LLSVP. (Ward et al., Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 2020) NATURE Vast Fragments of an Alien World Could Be Buried Deep Within Earth Itself PETER DOCKRILL24 MARCH 2021 They are among the largest and strangest of all structures on Earth: huge, mysterious blobs of dense rock lurking deep within the lowermost parts of our planet's mantle. There are two of these gigantic masses – called the large low-shear-velocity provinces (LLSVPs) – with one buried under Africa, the other below the Pacific Ocean. These anomalies are so massive, they in turn breed their own disturbances, such as the large phenomenon currently...
  • Scientists Detect Signs of a Hidden Structure Inside Earth's Core

    03/04/2021 10:41:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | 4 MARCH 2021 | TESSA KOUMOUNDOUROS
    There's probably a fifth layer. (forplayday/iStock/Getty Images) NATURE Scientists Detect Signs of a Hidden Structure Inside Earth's Core TESSA KOUMOUNDOUROS4 MARCH 2021 While most of us take the ground beneath our feet for granted, written within its complex layers, like pages of a book, is Earth's history. Our history. Now researchers have found more evidence for a whole new chapter deep within Earth's past - Earth's inner core appears to have another even more inner core within it. "Traditionally we've been taught the Earth has four main layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core and the inner core," explained...
  • The spacecraft-killing anomaly over the South Atlantic

    02/20/2021 8:56:06 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 49 replies
    Astronomy ^ | 17 Feb, 2021 | Doug Adler
    A strange dent in Earth’s magnetic field doses orbiting craft with high levels of radiation. It's caused everything from periodic glitches to total mission failure. The European Space Agency’s Swarm satellites measure the strength of Earth’s magnetic field. In this image, cooler colors (blue) mean lower strength than warmer colors (pink). The large dark region is called the South Atlantic Anomaly Radiation is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless enemy to both humans and electronics alike. And, thanks to a quirk in Earth’s magnetic field, a region called the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) regularly exposes orbiting spacecraft to high levels of...
  • The Herky-Jerky Weirdness of Earth’s Magnetic Field

    12/23/2020 12:38:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Eos ^ | 21 December 2020 | Jenessa Duncombe
    As astronomers peering into Earth’s interior, there is no way for them to “feel” the true nature of the core. ... Scientists have long been on this quest, sometimes with fatal consequences. Explorers of old perished trying to set up monitoring stations in far-flung locales, like the doomed English explorer Sir John Franklin, whose expedition to take magnetic observations of the North Pole in 1845 ended with 129 men dead and two ships lost. As soon as long-lasting ground observatories sprung up around the world, scientists noticed strange deviations in the field, including for example, that our magnetic North and...