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Earth's magnetic poles on verge of flipping
World Net Daily ^ | December 12, 2003

Posted on 12/13/2003 8:38:30 PM PST by gitmo

The Earth's magnetic field is weakening, and that could lead to a flip in the planet's poles making compasses point south instead of north for the first time in almost a million years, say scientists.

Experts at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco say the field has declined 10 percent in the last 150 years, and suggest a reversal could lead to problems in navigation and a jump in cancer rates with a diminished ozone layer.

"Is a reversal coming? Yeah, it's coming for sure – sometime,'' said geologist Robert Coe of the University of California-Santa Cruz, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Physicists say the average period between pole flips is about 200,000 years, and the last one is believed to have taken place 780,000 years ago, making the next swap long overdue.

According to Harvard University's Jeremy Bloxham, the field could disappear completely within the next 2,000 years if the rate of decline remains constant, but he's not certain if the poles will actually reverse.

"Chances are this is going to die out," he said, reports the San Mateo County Times. "Reversals are pretty rare."

If a flip did take place, it would be over the course of several thousand years, and scientists say it would likely reduce the protective ozone layer, cause glitches in satellites and electronic products, and create a flurry of navigational anomalies as compasses would "cease to be a simple means of navigation," according to Bloxham.

The consequences would be the same if a reversal takes place or the field continues to diminish, with one researcher estimating an additional 100,000 cancer cases annually as people would be subject to more of the sun's harmful rays.


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KEYWORDS: catastrophism; earth; eastoftherockys; environmentalism; firsttimecallers; flip; magneticpoles; poleshift; wildcardlineisopen
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1 posted on 12/13/2003 8:38:34 PM PST by gitmo
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To: gitmo
Good. Everybody will die and we don't have to worry about global warming.
2 posted on 12/13/2003 8:42:31 PM PST by T'wit
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To: gitmo
My tinfoil hat is already calibrated. I am prepared.


3 posted on 12/13/2003 8:45:57 PM PST by martin_fierro (Ohhh... ehhh... ┐Peeka Panish?)
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To: gitmo
Geez, the UN has to do something quick about this...

It MUST BE electro-magnetic emissions that is causing this.

I know, we could have a Sapporo treaty to reduce radio broadcasts, TV signals, telephone, garage door opener, TV remotes, wireless computer networks, electrical power plants, etc. back to year 1900 levels in order to save our planet.

Oh, wait, perhaps a better sunscreen will solve the problem?
4 posted on 12/13/2003 8:46:45 PM PST by RandyRep
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To: gitmo
The late Emil Sepic from here in Eureka wrote a lot on this subject. While doing a google for Emil I came across This
5 posted on 12/13/2003 8:47:37 PM PST by tubebender (We've been married 47 years and she still doesn't put the toilet seat up for me...)
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To: gitmo
everybody hold on!
6 posted on 12/13/2003 8:47:40 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: gitmo
So has the left blamed President Bush yet?
7 posted on 12/13/2003 8:49:15 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: gitmo
If a flip did take place, it would be over the course of several thousand years, and scientists say it would likely reduce the protective ozone layer, cause glitches in satellites and electronic products, and create a flurry of navigational anomalies as compasses would "cease to be a simple means of navigation," according to Bloxham.

WTF is the point of this article?

8 posted on 12/13/2003 8:49:22 PM PST by Petronski (Living life in a minor key.)
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To: martin_fierro
If we get everybody to jump at the same time, we might be able to stop it.
9 posted on 12/13/2003 8:50:24 PM PST by scott7278
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To: TexasCowboy; Eaker; humblegunner; TheMom
How will this effect that nuke powered Lightning Gun of Eakers, and it's power ZOT?
10 posted on 12/13/2003 8:51:15 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (PEACE - Through Superior Firepower)
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To: gitmo

Meow!.......................Meow!
11 posted on 12/13/2003 8:51:46 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Petronski
"WTF is the point of this article?"

Exactly!

12 posted on 12/13/2003 8:53:50 PM PST by spectre
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To: tubebender
From the article you linked to, concerning a comet crash being the end of the world:

"A comet or asteroid collides with Earth, and we're all killed or at least seriously shook up. In 1954, for example, a meteorite crashed through the roof of a house in Sylacauga, Alabama, bounced off a radio, and hit a woman on the hip."

Compelling.

13 posted on 12/13/2003 8:54:08 PM PST by scott7278
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To: Petronski
So if the magnetic field flip will have an effect on the ozone layer, and the the magnetic field is emitted from the south pole, and if the ozone hole is over the south pole, could there be some causal link between the two??? Maybe the fluctuating ozone hole is entirely natural and just an early indicator of the weakening magnetic field that is making the upper atomosphere more suspectible to solar radiation? Something for conservative scientists to look into.
14 posted on 12/13/2003 8:55:39 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: scott7278
I am out of tin foil so I didn't dare read the article...Was there a short audio when you opened it?
15 posted on 12/13/2003 8:57:37 PM PST by tubebender (We've been married 47 years and she still doesn't put the toilet seat up for me...)
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To: scott7278
That only works when your parachute doesn't open...
16 posted on 12/13/2003 8:59:41 PM PST by tubebender (We've been married 47 years and she still doesn't put the toilet seat up for me...)
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To: gitmo
If we'd only signed the Kyoto accord all this could have been prevented...

/sarcasm>

17 posted on 12/13/2003 9:01:38 PM PST by Reagan is King
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To: tubebender
I didn't hear anything with Mozilla, so I tried it with Internet Explorer. It says, "We tell you only what you need to know."
18 posted on 12/13/2003 9:02:19 PM PST by scott7278
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To: gitmo
The UN must convene a conference and investigate the effect of electric generation and transmission on the Earth's magnetic field.

It surely must be the fault of the developed world and the USA in particular. The USA must pay and pay!
19 posted on 12/13/2003 9:05:11 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Proud member - Neoconservative Power Vortex)
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To: tubebender
I've got a theory...the UN knows about it, and that's why they want control of the Internet. From now on, I'm tethering myself to everything. I'm not going to drive anywhere, just walk, and tether myself to anything stationary along the way. I'll crouch low to the ground to have the best possible balance.

When people look at me funny, I'll just laugh at them and scream "Idiots -- we're about to flip!"

It's going to take alot of rope.
20 posted on 12/13/2003 9:15:00 PM PST by scott7278
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To: Kirkwood
Who else could be responsible?
21 posted on 12/13/2003 9:23:22 PM PST by Nathaniel Fischer (Herman Cain for Senate!)
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To: gitmo
"The consequences would be the same if a reversal takes place or the field continues to diminish, with one researcher estimating an additional 100,000 cancer cases annually as people would be subject to more of the sun's harmful rays."

Let me know the date when this is due to occur. I want to start smoking. Might as well die of lung cancer instead of skin cancer.
22 posted on 12/13/2003 9:28:33 PM PST by Beck_isright (This tag line edited by the 9th Circuit Court due to offensive political commentary)
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To: scott7278
Thank you. I was afraid to reload it and not hear anything...
23 posted on 12/13/2003 9:29:54 PM PST by tubebender (We've been married 47 years and she still doesn't put the toilet seat up for me...)
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To: T'wit
The Earth's magnetic field is weakening, and that could lead to a flip in the planet's poles making compasses point south instead of north for the first time in almost a million years, say scientists.
I thought these things were supposed to happen with Y2K.

Experts at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco say the field has declined 10 percent in the last 150 years, and suggest a reversal could lead to problems in navigation and a jump in cancer rates with a diminished ozone layer.
There's that ozone layer thing again...what is it with these "the sky is falling" liberals...it's always the ozone layer...is this some obsession with words containing a "z"?

"Is a reversal coming? Yeah, it's coming for sure – sometime,'' said geologist Robert Coe of the University of California-Santa Cruz, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Oh God, not the dreaded 'reversal'?

Physicists say the average period between pole flips is about 200,000 years, and the last one is believed to have taken place 780,000 years ago, making the next swap long overdue.
now...just a minute...who was at the last pole flip...you know that one that took place 780,000 years ago...and did they use a Hewlett-Packard test unit then to figure this out? I think that was long before the compass was even invented. Did this article come out of "Science Fiction" comic books, or what?

According to Harvard University's Jeremy Bloxham, the field could disappear completely within the next 2,000 years if the rate of decline remains constant, but he's not certain if the poles will actually reverse.
Hey, I'll just hang out and wait for the next one...I got nothing to do for the next 2,000 years anyway.

"Chances are this is going to die out," he said, reports the San Mateo County Times. "Reversals are pretty rare."
Oh, I see...claim a spectacular headline, then end the story by saying it probably won't happen. I think the word "rare" is an understatement with a [arbitrary] occurance rate of 200,000 years.

If a flip did take place, it would be over the course of several thousand years, and scientists say it would likely reduce the protective ozone layer, cause glitches in satellites and electronic products, and create a flurry of navigational anomalies as compasses would "cease to be a simple means of navigation," according to Bloxham.
Same crap we heard about Y2K.

The consequences would be the same if a reversal takes place or the field continues to diminish, with one researcher estimating an additional 100,000 cancer cases annually as people would be subject to more of the sun's harmful rays.
Hey, life's a gamble...you pays yo' dime and you takes yo' chances. But, some liberal will figure out how to wrangle a few million out of Uncle Sam to "study" what can be done....follow the money.
24 posted on 12/13/2003 9:30:13 PM PST by FrankR
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To: gitmo
"If a flip did take place, it would be over the course of several thousand years, and scientists say it would likely reduce the protective ozone layer, cause glitches in satellites and electronic products, and create a flurry of navigational anomalies as compasses would "cease to be a simple means of navigation," according to Bloxham. "

The fields simply moving around would cause aurora to appear in places they have not been seen in human history....or not more than a few times in all human history, at any rate.
25 posted on 12/13/2003 9:33:03 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: gitmo
If a flip did take place, it would be over the course of several thousand years,...

At what point would the compass point west/east?

5.56mm

26 posted on 12/13/2003 9:33:16 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe
>>>At what point would the compass point west/east?<<<

At 270 deg and 90 deg respectively.

I apologize, nobody likes a smartass - sorry!

27 posted on 12/13/2003 9:38:12 PM PST by HardStarboard (Dump Wesley Clark.....he worries me as much as Hillary!)
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To: HardStarboard
8^)

5.56mm

28 posted on 12/13/2003 9:41:38 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: gitmo
Uh, this is serious science, although absolutely no one knows the timing. Don't dismiss until you understand why the controversy started in the first place.
29 posted on 12/13/2003 9:57:39 PM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: gitmo
Its the Jewish hold on Earth that is causing this...../sarcasm
30 posted on 12/13/2003 9:59:59 PM PST by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: gitmo
Does this mean when it gets to zero just prior to the 'flip', we'll all float off into space?

Will we have to rename the America's? (N. America will become S. America)

Where will the Northern Lights go?

Will whirl pools rotate in the other direction?

Will pigeons lose their way?

The song "North to Alaska" will no longer be valid...

31 posted on 12/13/2003 10:01:17 PM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there is the face of Islam!)
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To: gitmo
So if the poles flip, does that mean shiney-side out or shiney-side in?
32 posted on 12/13/2003 10:03:48 PM PST by Redcloak (░┐░)
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To: Kirkwood
Maybe the fluctuating ozone hole is entirely natural and just an early indicator of the weakening magnetic field that is making the upper atomosphere more suspectible to solar radiation?

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I work with some gents from NASA. I'd like to know what magnetic fields have to do with the ozone layer???????? The hole that you wrote about is indeed natural. It's been showing up year after year since wild poodles roamed the earth. The reason for the hole is simple. Ozone is created by sunlight. Yep. Sunlight. The long, dark, winters at the pole (lack of sunlight) are the cause of the "depletion" - it's also replenished ever year as the sun becomes less of a stranger to the region. The idea that humans have ANYTHING to do with the ozone layer is ludicrous. Even studies with hugely generous assumptions come up with around .04% as the amount of "heat-trapping gases" that humans contribute. An interesting note about "heat-trapping gases" - a typical old growth forest emits more hydrocarbons than humans ever thought about emitting with an SUV. And just think about all that ammonia that gets set swirling into our atmosphere every time an animal carelessly decides to defecate! So - the nuts are contridictory to the core. They scream animal rights and environmental responsibility, but the animals and forest that they work to save do more "damage" than humans do! The people yelling gloom and doom about global warming or ozone layer destruction are one of three things. A) Liars with an agenda. B) Completely ignorant. C) Class-A Kooks. God's Earth is a wonderful, changing, miraculous thing that humans have neither the capacity or knowledge to effect in the way that the crazies say we do. Thanks for allowing me to ramble.
33 posted on 12/13/2003 10:04:45 PM PST by Jaysun (Get real, Control-Everybody-But-Yourselves freaks!)
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To: RandyRep
And of course to administer this corrective program, the UN needs a lot of extra money. Just deposit in the account of Kofi Annan and it will get to the right places.
34 posted on 12/13/2003 10:06:26 PM PST by henderson field
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To: scott7278
When people look at me funny, I'll just laugh at them and scream "Idiots -- we're about to flip!"

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LOL!!!!!!!!!
35 posted on 12/13/2003 10:07:41 PM PST by Jaysun (Get real, Control-Everybody-But-Yourselves freaks!)
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To: gitmo
Is this new news?
SAGA magazine had an article about that in 1969, complete with artwork showing crashing skyscrapers.
The theory was when the poles flip for a short while the earth will have no stablizing spin so the crust, where we live, will float around like ice in water till t\he flip is complete.
36 posted on 12/13/2003 10:09:02 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: henderson field
Just think, if the magnetic field "flipped" ...........the bar magnets from Radio Shack that read "N" on one end and "S" on the other end would all have to be remade in the exact opposite manner. If anyone needs funding it's our capitalist friends that own and operate the magnet factories. Of course, I guess that the old and otherwise obsolete bar magnets that'll be littering our streets could just be turned over in one's hand in order to make them relevant again. This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. The liberals have obviously been reduced to a bunch of nakedly feathered "chicks" in the nest that wait with anticipation, and with mouths wide open, for the next UN regurgitation of nonsensical puke.
37 posted on 12/13/2003 10:15:05 PM PST by Jaysun (Get real, Control-Everybody-But-Yourselves freaks!)
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To: gitmo
A recent episode of Nova featured this story, and basically said there may be a higher risk of cancer, but the technological advances by that time would probably be able to cope with it, and there should be lots of really cool auroras.

Excerpt:
"If all the compasses in the world started pointing south rather than north, many people might think something very strange, very unusual, and possibly very dangerous was going on. Doomsayers would have a field day proclaiming the end is nigh, while more rational persons might head straight to scientists for an explanation.

Fortunately, those scientists in the know -- paleomagnetists, to be exact -- would have a ready answer. Such reversals in the Earth's magnetic field, they'd tell you, are, roughly speaking, as common as ice ages. That is, they're terrifically infrequent by human standards, but in geologic terms they happen all the time. As the time line at right shows, hundreds of times in our planet's history the polarity of the magnetic shield ensheathing the globe has gone from "normal," our current orientation to the north, to "reversed," and back again.

The Earth is not alone in this fickleness: The sun's magnetic shield appears to reverse its polarity approximately every 11 years. Even our Milky Way galaxy is magnetized, and experts say it probably reverses its polarity as well. Moreover, while a severe weakening or disappearance of the magnetic field would lay us open to harmful radiation from the sun, there's little evidence to date that "flips" per se inflict any lasting damage (see Impact on Animals).

It might sound as if scientists have all the answers regarding magnetic reversals. But actually they know very little about them. Basic questions haunt researchers: What physical processes within the Earth trigger reversals? Why do the durations and frequencies of both normal and reversed states seem random? Why is there such a disproportionately long normal period between about 121 and 83 million years ago? Why does the reversal rate, at least during the past 160 million years, appear to peak around 12 million years ago?

All these questions remain unanswered, though experts like Dennis Kent, the Rutgers University geologist who supplied NOVA with updated figures for the time line, are hard at work trying to answer them. In the meantime, not to worry. Reversals happen on average only about once every 250,000 years, and they take hundreds if not thousands of years to complete.

Even the weakening currently under way may be a false alarm. The field often gets very weak, then bounces back, never having flipped. As Ron Merrill, a magnetic-field specialist at the University of Washington remarked when asked whether we're in for a reversal: "Ask me in 10,000 years, I'll give you a better answer." So hang on to your compass. For the foreseeable future, it should work as advertised.--Peter Tyson"
38 posted on 12/13/2003 10:17:45 PM PST by happydogdesign
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To: gitmo
"If all the compasses started pointing south...." Hmm maybe that's the reason for all the dumbing down in school. These kids can barely tell time, much less read a compass!!! Hic!
39 posted on 12/13/2003 11:23:53 PM PST by Waco
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To: gitmo
the poles are gonna flip me off? I say "up yours, poles!"
40 posted on 12/13/2003 11:38:47 PM PST by isom35
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To: gitmo
What did Bush know and when did he know it?!!
41 posted on 12/13/2003 11:41:09 PM PST by streetpreacher
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To: spectre
Art Bell has people on his show talking about this...my question is: the average time between flips is about 200k years, but the last one was 780k yrs ago.....how do they come up with an avg of 200k yrs???
42 posted on 12/13/2003 11:45:43 PM PST by cajun-jack
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To: cajun-jack
Because the evidence shows that many of them have happened much more frequently than that..
43 posted on 12/13/2003 11:50:11 PM PST by fiscally_right
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To: FrankR
People noted that while rocks on Earth were magnetized in a disordered way, the sea bottom was magnetized in long strips. Larry Morley (whose article was regarded so speculative that journals would not publish it) and then Matthews and Vine (who managed to publish) suggested that molten rock was spreading out like a conveyer belt from volcanic cracks in the middle of the ocean floor, e.g. the one in the middle of the Atlantic (Azores islands sit on it). Or rather like 2 belts, one moving towards Europe, one towards America, carrying on them the continental plates, so that Europe and America gradually drift apart. As each belt comes out of the crack, its lava solidifes to basalt, causing it to become magnetized, and when the field reverses, its magnetization reverses too. So the bottom of the ocean records the field like the tape of a tape recorder, containing perhaps 50 million years of record.
44 posted on 12/13/2003 11:51:32 PM PST by fiscally_right
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To: gitmo; Mudboy Slim
"Earth's magnetic poles on verge of flipping"

Maybe that explains the behavior of the Republicans.

...since they've already flipped.

45 posted on 12/14/2003 12:02:24 AM PST by Landru (Tagline Schmagline...just a drag on my line.)
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To: gitmo
Yeah yeah and the skys falling and prez Bush will O.K and pass the biggest socialist entitlement project in 40 years...lies ,... lies all of it...

I ain't buying it...

46 posted on 12/14/2003 12:13:35 AM PST by hosepipe
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To: FrankR
now...just a minute...who was at the last pole flip...you know that one that took place 780,000 years ago...and did they use a Hewlett-Packard test unit then to figure this out? I think that was long before the compass was even invented. Did this article come out of "Science Fiction" comic books, or what?

The strength and orientation of the earth's magnetic field is recorded cooling lava flows all over the earth. Here is a pretty good article explaining it.

47 posted on 12/14/2003 12:45:55 AM PST by SubMareener
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To: Petronski
There is considerable debate in geophysical circles about the duration of a magnetic field reversal. In the rock record, paleomagnetic reversals are well-recorded. I have studied magnetic reversals recorded in Cenozoic igneous rocks of southern California.

The science behind the study of reversal is based on the polarity of ferro-magnetic crystals in igneous rocks. When the molten igenous rock is deposited and cools, the crystal alignment record the field polarity. As you know, eruptions are episodic, although some areas (such as Hawaii or the basalt flows in the Idaho area) can continue, off and on, in the same place for millions of years. Another place the magnetic field is well-recorded in on the ocean floor igneous basement. The sea floor spreads away from the volcanic ridges and a characteristic "stripped" pattern is observed when towing a magnetometer over a large area.

With all that said, it is also a fact that a few inches of the rock record can equate to hundreds and thousands of years, so even the sharpest magnetic contact in the rock record can represent a time interval of many years.

However, there is a school of thought in geophysical circles that believes that there can never exist "null polarity." The field must either be "normal" (the current condition by definition) or "reversed." A weak field can exist, for an indefinite duration, but never a null field.

The effect(s) of a magnetic reversal on society is another matter. I think the "dire" warnings are more about obtaining research funds than about good science. Much like the "global warming" hoax.

48 posted on 12/14/2003 12:47:23 AM PST by capitan_refugio
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To: fiscally_right
Excellent nutshell of plate tectonics theory. One of my Geology profs used to joke about the earth reversing it's magnetism. He stated that would kill us all by allowing radiation through from the sun. If that didn't do it, the sun turning into a brown darf would.
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49 posted on 12/14/2003 12:53:52 AM PST by Indie (Have you bought more ammo today??)
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To: Jaysun
Although I'm generally in accord with your take on the seriousness of the magnetic pole situation, I disagree about the bar magnets. The polarized pieces of iron with N at one end and S on the other would be completely unaffected by weakenings or reversals of the earth's magnetic field. Science class could go on just as before.
50 posted on 12/14/2003 12:57:35 AM PST by TheMole
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