The North Magnetic Pole Has Changed And It Could Cause Major Issues
07 February, 2019, 12:40 | Author: Emmett Howard
The pole is moving about 34 miles a year, scientists say, crossing the worldwide date line in 2017 on a journey towards Russian Federation. GPS, however, will not be affected as it is satellite based. "The continuous shift is an issue for compasses in mobile phones and some consumer electronics".
SINCE MONDAY, news publications across the world have been reporting that the magnetic north pole is drifting fast from the Canadian Arctic and towards Russian Federation. "With the last release in 2015, the next version is scheduled for release at the end of 2019", it explained, in a statement. Currently, the northern magnetic pole is moving from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia.
The Earth's northern magnetic pole is on the move, scientists say, drifting from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia.
The pole has been the friend of navigators for millennia, beckoning compass needles from virtually every point on the planet.
Airport runway names are based on their direction toward magnetic north, and their names change when the sticks moved.
All of these differences can cause problems for people and devices that attempt to navigate using the magnetic field.
WASHINGTON (AP) - North isn't quite where it used to be.
Arnaud Chulliat, a geophysicist at the University of Colorado, has now warned the movement is occurring "pretty fast".
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Maintaining an accurate measurement of the north magnetic is especially crucial since the WMM is used by USA and British military agencies, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and smartphone technology, like Apple or Google Maps.
Dr Lathrop, who who wasn't part of the team monitoring the magnetic north pole said: 'It has changes akin to weather. Changes in that underground flow can alter the Earth's magnetic field lines - and the poles where they converge.
It has happened numerous times in Earth's past, but not in the last 780,000 years.
"It's not a question of if it's going to reverse, the question is when it's going to reverse", Lathrop said.
And unlike the geographic north pole, which is fixed, the north magnetic pole has been slowly migrating over time - moving across the Candian Arctic toward Russian Federation since 1831. This liquid iron is in constant motion due to Earth's rotation and various other reasons, and this motion produces a magnetic field.
The pole's movement towards Russian Federation can be attributed to the Earth's molten outer core.
It could be thousands of years before the magnetic field reverses again, the researchers believe.
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