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Earth's magnetic pole shifting; Alaska may lose northern lights
Rapid City Journal ^ | 8 Dec 05

Posted on 12/08/2005 9:19:41 PM PST by rellimpank

SAN FRANCISCO -- Earth's north magnetic pole is drifting from North America at such a clip that it could end up in Siberia in the next 50 years, scientists said Thursday.

Despite accelerated movement over the past century, the possibility that Earth's fading magnetic field will collapse or that the magnetic poles will flip is remote. But the shift could mean that Alaska may no longer be able to see the high-altitude shimmering displays of colorful lights called the aurora borealis, or northern lights.

Scientists have long known that magnetic poles migrate and in rare cases, swap places. But exactly

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: artbell; hatewhenthathappens; magneticpole; northernlights; poleshift; science; shift
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--as if we didn't have enough to worry about--
1 posted on 12/08/2005 9:19:45 PM PST by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank
It's a completely natural event, had happened a lot in earths history.
2 posted on 12/08/2005 9:21:01 PM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: rellimpank

Hmmmmm.....wonder if that affects WEATHER? ....and let me be the first to say.....

Bush's fault!


3 posted on 12/08/2005 9:21:56 PM PST by goodnesswins (Merry Christmas......and if you don't like that, you don't get a day off....got it?)
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To: rellimpank

Let me be first to say "Bush's fault!"


4 posted on 12/08/2005 9:22:01 PM PST by Sertorius (A hayseed with no Greek and dam^ proud of it)
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To: rellimpank

--should have noted sarcasm--


5 posted on 12/08/2005 9:22:39 PM PST by rellimpank (Don't believe anything about firearms or explosives stated by the mass media---NRABenefactor)
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To: rellimpank
I remember reading a few months ago about polar reversals. That wouldn't be pretty scenario.

Still, there are far more pressing issues to worry about. After all, the chance of a full reversal actually happening is pretty small.
6 posted on 12/08/2005 9:24:24 PM PST by Termite_Commander (Warning: Cynical Right-winger Ahead)
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To: rellimpank
Earth's north magnetic pole is drifting from North America at such a clip that it could end up in Siberia in the next 50 years...

If only Bush had signed Kyoto!!! < /sarc

7 posted on 12/08/2005 9:24:43 PM PST by JRios1968 ("Cogito, ergo FReep": I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: rellimpank
Those danged HAARP bozos did this. We Americans are evil incarnate.

...

Uh, sorry, I thought this was Art Bell's website. Never mind.

8 posted on 12/08/2005 9:25:24 PM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: rellimpank

http://www.sec.noaa.gov/pmap/pmapN.html

Semi-related.
(Deals with the aurora and current coverage and viewing probability)


9 posted on 12/08/2005 9:27:52 PM PST by Darksheare (Bonafide Henchman.)
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To: rellimpank

SUVs!


10 posted on 12/08/2005 9:30:36 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: rellimpank

The exact location of the north magnetic pole migrates cyclically in a figure eight pattern. Astronimers and navigators have maintained tables of magnetic declination for over 500 years. This movement is well known and is no threat to anything.


11 posted on 12/08/2005 9:31:22 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: rellimpank
poles migrate and in rare cases, swap places

Sounds like a bad reality show in Gdansk.

12 posted on 12/08/2005 9:31:56 PM PST by neodad (Rule Number 1: Be Armed)
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To: editor-surveyor

Astronimers = Astronomers


13 posted on 12/08/2005 9:33:03 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: Termite_Commander

Yep. Between this and half of the documentaries on the Discovery channel explaining how North America can blow up or we can have a giant asteroid hit the earth or dinosaurs can come back to rule the planet again and kill us all...if we spent time worrying about all of this stuff we can do nothing about, we wouldn't be able to make ourselves get out of bed in the morning.

Life is fatal. The 100% statistic is compelling.


14 posted on 12/08/2005 9:33:18 PM PST by ark_girl
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To: ChadGore

"It's a completely natural event, had happened a lot in earths history."

And it takes several thousand years for the earth's magnetic poles to reverse.

We are entering that transitional phase according to some scientists. How it effects the weather is pure speculation.


15 posted on 12/08/2005 9:33:41 PM PST by beaver fever
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To: rellimpank
"But the shift could mean that Alaska may no longer be able to see the high-altitude shimmering displays of colorful lights called the aurora borealis, or northern lights."

ARRRGH, Global Darkening is upon us!
16 posted on 12/08/2005 9:33:49 PM PST by decal (Mother Nature and Real Life are conservatives; the Progs have never figured this out.)
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To: rellimpank

Oh no, now the 'magnetic pole is falling'. Poor Chicken Little is going to out of a job.


17 posted on 12/08/2005 9:33:58 PM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: rellimpank

Women and minorities hardest hit...


18 posted on 12/08/2005 9:34:11 PM PST by poindexter
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To: rellimpank

We're all going to die and it is Bush's Fault.


19 posted on 12/08/2005 9:35:14 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Those Who Want to Impeach President Bush Are the Party of Treason.)
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To: rellimpank

Are the Northern Lights unrestricted free agents? Won't Alaska get a compensatory draft pick if the Lights sign w/ Russia?


20 posted on 12/08/2005 9:36:13 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: rellimpank

I want my money back for that expensive compass!!


21 posted on 12/08/2005 9:37:07 PM PST by Bernard Marx (Don't make the mistake of interpreting my Civility as Servility)
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Bush's fault.


22 posted on 12/08/2005 9:38:03 PM PST by oolatec
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To: A. Pole
poles migrate and in rare cases, swap places

Sounds like a bad reality show in Gdansk.

Is this your fault?

23 posted on 12/08/2005 9:39:59 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: rellimpank

What a shame if it does happen. On my flight to Beijing this autumn we flew right alongside an aurora. It was amazing.


24 posted on 12/08/2005 9:41:53 PM PST by Teacher317
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To: Termite_Commander

It's happened before in human history.


25 posted on 12/08/2005 9:47:12 PM PST by onedoug
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To: rellimpank

It's actually not the pole itself that's moving-
just Santa's workshop.
Tired of Canada's socialist taxes, and faced with a worker shortage due to the extremely low birth rate among elves, Santa has decided to move his entire workshop complex to the Amur River region of Siberia.
The new facility near the Chinese border will allow his operation to take advantage of both cheap Chinese labor and Russian raw materials.
In an elaborate financial transaction, Santa's holding company (Claus LLC) will be dissolving, with the Canadian government gauranteeing the elves' pensions.
As elves do not die of old age, this is expected to impact the Canadian treasury for the foreseeable future.


26 posted on 12/08/2005 9:47:57 PM PST by Ostlandr (A mote in thy brother's eye, and a board in thine own. . .)
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To: beaver fever
And it takes several thousand years for the earth's magnetic poles to reverse. We are entering that transitional phase according to some scientists. How it effects the weather is pure speculation.

There seems to be some correlation between magnetic reversals and the onset of an ice age. Link between ice ages and magnetic reversals

27 posted on 12/08/2005 9:48:26 PM PST by kabar
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To: rellimpank

and I may be loosing my marbles....


28 posted on 12/08/2005 9:50:01 PM PST by traumer
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To: kabar

Yeah I've read that.

But I think it's going to be safe to go to the beach in my lifetime and many lifetimes after I'm gone.

The earth does what it does. We are just renters.


29 posted on 12/08/2005 9:51:52 PM PST by beaver fever
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To: rellimpank

Global Warming,Global Warming,Global Warming,Global Warming,Global Warming,Global Warming,Global Warming,Global Warming!


Did I mention that is caused by Global Warming!


30 posted on 12/08/2005 9:52:12 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: beaver fever
If the author is correct, we could be in an Ice Age in 20 years, right on the 11,000 year cycle. He makes a compelling case in his book, which I have read over a year ago.

Not by Fire but by Ice THE NEXT ICE AGE - NOW!"

31 posted on 12/08/2005 9:58:18 PM PST by kabar
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To: Teacher317

The police chief here in Eureka drives an Aurora. I don't remember what year it is...


32 posted on 12/08/2005 10:06:59 PM PST by tubebender (You can't make Chicken Salad from Chicken Bleep...)
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To: kabar
The 11,000 year cycle is based on two examples.

Even if scientists are right there is nothing we can do about it. We just live here we don't control things.

An Ice Age in twenty years? That would be an onset of an Ice Age.

It would be many generations before it would become a crisis. Right now Mt Kilimanjaro is loosing it's ice cap.

The problem is that we think we can reverse a problem when in fact we may not have the power to make any difference no matter what we do.
33 posted on 12/08/2005 10:09:07 PM PST by beaver fever
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To: kabar

Good Link.

Thanks.


34 posted on 12/08/2005 10:13:59 PM PST by Sundog (cheers)
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To: rellimpank

Oh,damn. My head will soon be melting.

Sh*t.

Well, whatever. I mean it's all OK anyway, right?

Crap. It's definitely NOT OK.


35 posted on 12/08/2005 10:48:47 PM PST by msf92497 (Was Republican...Now just a Conservative.)
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To: beaver fever

It's also a matter of prophecy...

Edgar Casey predicted this about 50 years ago...AND the almost over night climate change in the EU...

This will cause increased weather patterns, normal (but unrecorded weather extremes), an increase in seismic and volcanic activity ,

ALL part of a NORMAL cycle on earth....but a cycle with such a long frequency...it is as of yet unrecorded by "modern" science...

This does NOT signal the "end of the earth"....merely the end of the earth "as we know it"....not the same thing at all...

If you live in a coastal area close to sea level, a volcanic area, or an area prone to earth quakes...

You might give a thought to relocating in the next couple of years....sometime before 2012 if the myans where right...

And buy a Gun.....you'll need it...


36 posted on 12/08/2005 10:49:20 PM PST by Crim (I may be a Mr "know it all"....but I'm also a Mr "forgot most of it"...)
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To: beaver fever

What problem? Humans have survived every previous ice age just fine. Not in large numbers, perhaps, but we survive.
Temperatures will go up and down, the ice sheets will retreat and advance, sea levels will rise and fall.
As a result, I predict serious volatility in the global real estate market over the next ten thousand years.


37 posted on 12/08/2005 10:51:09 PM PST by Ostlandr (A mote in thy brother's eye, and a board in thine own. . .)
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To: beaver fever

*puts on tin foil hat*

hmmm...wouldnt that be about the same time Atlantis was wiped out?

If it ever existed?


38 posted on 12/08/2005 10:52:46 PM PST by Crim (I may be a Mr "know it all"....but I'm also a Mr "forgot most of it"...)
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To: Crim
So the Mayan calender's end in 2012 is supposed to line up with a polar shift or something? Interesting.

If it's true, I'm astonished that the Mayans would be capable of predicting these sorts of things so far in advance. Or perhaps the secret to predicting this is actually quite simple, and is hiding in plain sight.

Who knows? (not me)
39 posted on 12/08/2005 10:53:36 PM PST by Termite_Commander (Warning: Cynical Right-winger Ahead)
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To: rellimpank

Alaska may lose northern lights?!! Oh, say it ain't so! What will we look forward to during the long winter months? I shall take myself to the window right now and thank God for the northern lights. :)


40 posted on 12/08/2005 10:54:36 PM PST by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: Termite_Commander
Dont have a clue....what I do have a talent for...is connecting seemingly unrelated events to their real effects...

This comes in REAL handy as an electrician when trying to troubleshoot a problem...

I've learned to trust my own intuition...

I have a sneaking hunch that someday (I hope to live that long) science will in fact prove things once only accepted by faith...

I firmly believe in the existence of the soul...it's the only logical thing that separates your atomic make up, from the atomic make up of the stuff that surrounds you...

I'd go into some of my more intriguing theories...

But I'm in no mood for a ZOT...I like this place....hehehe
41 posted on 12/08/2005 11:20:01 PM PST by Crim (I may be a Mr "know it all"....but I'm also a Mr "forgot most of it"...)
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To: rellimpank

Bush's fault!


42 posted on 12/08/2005 11:22:09 PM PST by Paul_Denton (The U.S. should adopt the policy of Oom Shmoom: Israeli policy where no one gives a sh*t about U.N.)
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To: Crim

There are probably as many Atlantis' as there are flood stories.


43 posted on 12/09/2005 12:46:41 AM PST by beaver fever
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To: Crim

Actually I'm living about 100 ft above sea level but there is a 1000 mile island blocking tsunamis.

I'm on the northern most extent of the San Andreas and Cascadia faults and I can see Mt Baker from my apartment.
Mt Shasta and Mt St Helens are not far away.

In other words, if anything happens I yam ska.........rewed


44 posted on 12/09/2005 1:03:29 AM PST by beaver fever
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To: ark_girl
...we wouldn't be able to make ourselves get out of bed in the morning.

Much less pay attention to what the politicians are up to...

Makes you wonder how much government grant (our tax) money (from the first study onward) goes into these shows.

45 posted on 12/09/2005 1:11:17 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Chena

HI Chena! I don't think you will lose them completely, but we probably would down here. Then you'd get to see our normal watered down 1-2 color version.


46 posted on 12/09/2005 1:15:20 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Last Dakotan
Is this your fault?

It is fault of smokers. The second hand smoke causes global warming, this in turn causes drift of magnetic poles. Case closed.

47 posted on 12/09/2005 5:43:17 AM PST by A. Pole (Theodore Roosevelt:"The triumph of the mob is just as evil a thing as the triumph of the plutocracy")
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To: A. Pole
It is fault of smokers

Exactly - second hand smoke, SUV's, fast food, and the Bush tax cuts. We're doomed!

48 posted on 12/09/2005 6:18:04 AM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: ark_girl

I was looking for a new tagline...thanx! :)


49 posted on 12/09/2005 7:51:47 PM PST by Chani (Life is fatal. The 100% statistic is compelling.)
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To: Chena
Alaska may lose northern lights?!! Oh, say it ain't so! What will we look forward to during the long winter months?

They got a better offer. They will replacing Sigfield & Roy at the Sahara, doing 2 shows a day, with a Saturday matinee.

50 posted on 12/09/2005 7:59:08 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Vote Democrat--it's Easier than Getting a Job.)
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