Are we in the midst of a pole shift? Scientists are divided about this, but earth’s magnetic field has begun shifting much more rapidly than expected. Earth’s magnetic pole flips approximately every 500,000 years, and it has not shifted for 780,000 years, meaning that it’s overdue. Unknowncountry.com has previously reported the opinion of some scientists that a newpole shift isnow underway.
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Earth’s poles are reversing, a process that takes about 7,000 years to complete. However, researchers say the flip will happen much more quickly near the equator, causing havoc to measuring devices that rely on the magnetic poles.
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The Earth’s magnetic field moves around. Right now, the north magnetic pole is in Canada, near Resort Bay (population 300), where you can buy a tee shirt saying, “Resolute Bay isn’t the end of the world, but you can see it from here.” Soon it will leave North America and head for Siberia. And lately, it’s started moving much faster.

In 1831, James Ross located magnetic north. When Roald Amundsen returned to the same spot in 1904, he found it had moved 30 miles. Once scientists found that the pole moved about 6 miles per year, but lately it has accelerated to around 25 miles per year. Researcher Larry Newitt says, “We usually go out and check its location once every few years. We’ll have to make more trips now that it is moving so quickly.”
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There are large holes in the Earth’s magnetic field over the Atlantic and the Arctic, indicating that the north and south poles may be getting ready to reverse positions in a magnetic flip. This would produce a period of chaos, when compasses no longer point north, migrating animals head in the wrong direction and satellites are burned up by solar radiation. There have already been recent cases where migrating birds ended up in strange places, far from their regular destinations. The speed of the change has surprised scientists.
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