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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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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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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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"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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