Friday, December 09, 2005

North Pole Heads South

The north magnetic pole, which is different from our north geographic pole, is flying south toward Siberia:
Despite accelerated movement over the past century, the possibility that Earth's modestly fading magnetic field will collapse is remote. But the shift could mean Alaska may no longer see the sky lights known as auroras, which might then be more visible in more southerly areas of Siberia and Europe.

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Previous studies have shown that the strength of the Earth's magnetic shield has decreased 10 percent over the past 150 years. During the same period, the north magnetic pole wandered about 685 miles out into the Arctic, according to a new analysis by [paleomagnetist Joseph] Stoner.

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The north magnetic pole was first discovered in 1831 and when it was revisited in 1904, explorers found that the pole had moved 31 miles.
Link. This can mean only one thing: Santa is heading for Russia. Unless he lives in Spain anyway.

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