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Earth's Magnetic Pole Drifting Quickly
BREITBART.COM ^ | December 9, 2005 | ALICIA CHANG

Posted on 12/09/2005 5:05:37 PM PST by mlc9852

SAN FRANCISCO - Earth's north magnetic pole is drifting away from North America and toward Siberia at such a clip that Alaska might lose its spectacular Northern Lights in the next 50 years, scientists said Thursday. 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.

The magnetic poles are part of the magnetic field generated by liquid iron in Earth's core and are different from the geographic poles, the surface points marking the axis of the planet's rotation.

Scientists have long known that magnetic poles migrate and in rare cases, swap places. Exactly why this happens is a mystery.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: bushsfault; northernlights; poleshift

1 posted on 12/09/2005 5:05:37 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

BUSH'S FAULT! Impeach Bush to stop the polar relaignment! Aaaaaa!


2 posted on 12/09/2005 5:06:11 PM PST by montag813
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To: montag813

HALLIBURTON'S FAULT! Tax them into nonexistance! Aaaaa!


3 posted on 12/09/2005 5:07:12 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: mlc9852

THEWORLDISCOMINGTOANDEND PING


4 posted on 12/09/2005 5:07:32 PM PST by SDGOP
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To: montag813

It's Karl Rove with another one of his crazy machines!


5 posted on 12/09/2005 5:07:37 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: montag813

It's the oil companies' fault!

If everyone stops using aerosols...

We'll be out of gas by 1985...

REDRUM...

I am your creator! I am imperfect! Illogical...


6 posted on 12/09/2005 5:09:18 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: mlc9852

The poles reverse every 250,000 years or so, just to make the young earth creationists really mad.


7 posted on 12/09/2005 5:10:13 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: mlc9852

Looks like the north and south poles are getting ready to switch places


8 posted on 12/09/2005 5:10:49 PM PST by Grig
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To: mlc9852

Geological Survey of Canada Earth Sciences Sector > Geological Survey of Canada > Geomagnetism Geomagnetism Daily Movement of the North Magnetic Pole It is important to realize that the position of the North Magnetic Pole given for a particular year is an average position. The Magnetic Pole wanders daily around this average position and, on days when the magnetic field is disturbed, may be displaced by 80 km or more. Although the North Magnetic Pole's motion on any given day is irregular, the average path forms a well-defined oval. stolen from here

9 posted on 12/09/2005 5:11:53 PM PST by adamsjas
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To: mlc9852

Joseph Stoner, a paleomagnetist

**
That's pretty funny. With that name, I guess his career choice was predestined.


10 posted on 12/09/2005 5:12:51 PM PST by Bigg Red (Do not trust Democrats with national security!)
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To: mlc9852

Expect the DemocRATS to blame this on too many Americans having those "Support The Troops" ribbon magnets on their cars. The problem is, after a few months of brainwashing by the MSM, "most" Americans will tell the pollsters that they believe the magnets ARE what is causing it.


11 posted on 12/09/2005 5:13:34 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: mlc9852

Some one on these threads once mentioned that the only tools
needed to fix something was super glue and duct tape.

Let's get up early Saturday morning, have some egg McMuffins at McDonalds, then go fix this thing.


12 posted on 12/09/2005 5:13:48 PM PST by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: righttackle44

Love you tagline!


13 posted on 12/09/2005 5:14:53 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852
So would Santa have to relocate operations on the opposite side of the equator? Would he have to relocate elves or would penguins be able to fill the gap?

Imagine the invaders from our southern border! Canadians! At least they would speak English. Except for Quebec.

14 posted on 12/09/2005 5:16:11 PM PST by steveo (Merry Christmas everybody!)
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To: adamsjas
Geological Survey of Canada Earth Sciences Sector > Geological Survey of Canada > Geomagnetism Geomagnetism Daily Movement of the North Magnetic Pole It is important to realize that the position of the North Magnetic Pole given for a particular year is an average position. The Magnetic Pole wanders daily around this average position and, on days when the magnetic field is disturbed, may be displaced by 80 km or more. Although the North Magnetic Pole's motion on any given day is irregular, the average path forms a well-defined oval.

Very interesting article. I can't help but wonder if something as dramatic as the poles possibly reversing is being caused by some dramatic event occurring in the Sun.
15 posted on 12/09/2005 5:20:45 PM PST by Man50D
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To: mlc9852

Doomed !

16 posted on 12/09/2005 5:21:47 PM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: Grig
Looks like the north and south poles are getting ready to switch places.

Sometimes I feel that way.
17 posted on 12/09/2005 5:22:04 PM PST by Man50D
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To: mlc9852

"Love you tagline!"

Thank you. I have not served. It honors
my son who deployed Wednesday, and my cousin
who is hospitalized again due to serious injuries
he suffered in the second battle of Fallujah.

God bless you.


18 posted on 12/09/2005 5:23:00 PM PST by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: ChadGore

They had just learned this was the last episode.


19 posted on 12/09/2005 5:23:39 PM PST by Man50D
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To: mlc9852
"...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."

Also more frequently in Canada and the northern U.S.?
20 posted on 12/09/2005 5:25:28 PM PST by Nathan Jr.
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To: mlc9852

Is the sky falling yet?


21 posted on 12/09/2005 5:25:53 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: mlc9852
I was doing some rough surveying recently and looked up the declination from true North for my location. I was surprised to see it was zero.

Looks like that may no longer be true. I also noticed some areas are way off from true North, especially in the Western States.

22 posted on 12/09/2005 5:27:28 PM PST by yarddog
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To: mlc9852

Due to GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's BUSH's fault!!!!!!!!


23 posted on 12/09/2005 5:27:41 PM PST by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: mlc9852
Article is frustrating -- lacks information.

Is South Magnetic Pole drifting too?
Explanation: Magnetic field likely to be produced by iron core surrounded by molten liquid. There's nothing to keep the core fixed dead center inside the Earth. It probably wobbles.

Are Geomagnetic Poles migrating too?
Magnetic poles are not the same as the geomagnetic poles. I would have to look up the precise definition.

Are Magnetic Poles aligning to, diverging from, or revolving around the Geomagnetic Poles?
Explanation: need to know this stuff

Can all these Poles Polka?
That's what counts.

24 posted on 12/09/2005 5:31:11 PM PST by JohnCliftn (In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.)
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To: mlc9852; All
Well, I'd better find some pidgeon on EBay to purchase my soon to be obsolete toy!
25 posted on 12/09/2005 5:37:34 PM PST by Solamente
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To: mlc9852
Okay, so if I'm in central NH, what declination should I put on my compass? I've had about 16o west for some time but maybe I need to change that.
26 posted on 12/09/2005 5:38:53 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi

Pole shift Alert.


27 posted on 12/09/2005 5:40:16 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: mlc9852

TEOTWAWKI


28 posted on 12/09/2005 5:43:50 PM PST by Junior (From now on, I'll stick to science, and leave the hunting alien mutants to the experts!)
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To: righttackle44

May God bless you and yours.


29 posted on 12/09/2005 5:59:35 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: All

Drilling for oil did it , the oil companies have punctured the magnosphere resultin in uncontrolled global warming.


30 posted on 12/09/2005 6:02:45 PM PST by eddie2 (Have a Merry Christmas)
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To: mlc9852
Earth's north magnetic pole is drifting away from North America and toward Siberia at such a clip that Alaska might lose its spectacular Northern Lights in the next 50 years

Maybe there will be an earmark in the next highway bill to study this.

31 posted on 12/09/2005 6:05:26 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: mlc9852

I have a car compass. Does this explain why I was driving to Columbus and ended up in Cincinnati?


32 posted on 12/09/2005 6:14:56 PM PST by manwiththehands ("Attack (Democrats) until they stop twitching and then attack some more." -J. Peter Mulhern)
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To: mlc9852

What's wrong with you people? This another series consequence of global warming. We need to ratify Kyoto right now.


33 posted on 12/09/2005 6:34:46 PM PST by tjg (My spelling is horrible, but I'm too lazy to fix it.)
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To: righttackle44
super glue and duct tape.

Don't forget baling wire. For a big project like this, baling wire does the job right.

34 posted on 12/09/2005 6:35:37 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Like a bird on a wire... like a drunk in a midnight choir...)
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To: mlc9852

It's the damndest thing. Suddenly, the men in San Francisco are sleeping with women again!


35 posted on 12/09/2005 6:39:04 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: JohnCliftn
Is South Magnetic Pole drifting too?

I was reading my son's library book, The Geography Book by Caroline Arnold, just this morning.

On page 8, a side note indicates that the North magnetic pole is 1000 miles from the north geographic pole, while the south magnetic pole is 1600 miles from the south geographic pole.

Any idea why they are different? I would expect them to be exactly apart.

36 posted on 12/09/2005 6:47:06 PM PST by Bear_Slayer
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To: mlc9852

Quick! Everyone run over to Alaska quickly! If we all jump at the same time while we stand in Pt. Barrow, maybe we can push it back!

:-)


37 posted on 12/09/2005 6:48:30 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Bear_Slayer

The rod through the Earth must be bent!


38 posted on 12/09/2005 6:52:03 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: righttackle44
Don't forget to bring a towel.

39 posted on 12/09/2005 6:58:04 PM PST by I see my hands (Until this civil war heats up.. Have a nice day.)
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To: mlc9852

Wonder if anyone can answer this:

I understand how the molten iron core of the earth could, taken in total, act like a huge magnet, and how the nature of a "molten magnet" could cause the magnetic poles to drift and to not align with the geographic poles.

What confuses me is why the two poles are so close to begin with.

It was certainly a lucky coincidence for early navigation and generations of Boy Scouts, but it seems unlikely that it would occur at all. Why doesn't the molten mass reach equilibrium with no net magnetic pole? Why was there a huge polar difference in the first place? Given there is a pole, why does it point anywhere close to the geographic poles at all?


40 posted on 12/09/2005 7:00:41 PM PST by babyface00
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To: JohnCliftn
But more importantly, what will this do to the magnetized water that I drink?

(-;

41 posted on 12/09/2005 7:24:22 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Nullifies the effect of tin foil helmets. We will have to add tin foil underwear to our protective wear.


42 posted on 12/09/2005 7:27:24 PM PST by JohnCliftn (In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.)
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To: mlc9852

BTTT


43 posted on 12/09/2005 7:27:31 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Calvin Locke
Seriously, though, the Earth's core is likely to be soft, malleable, rather like hot Playdough, squishing and squashing with time.

Two bits of evidence for this are the South Atlantic Magnetic Anomaly, which ruins communications with low orbit satellites over the South Atlantic, and the fact that the Magnetic Axis does not pass through the geographic center of the Earth.

Your water will still be polarized, magnetically and electrically (I had to look this up to be sure it was both). The only time water is not polarized magnetically and electrically is when it is so pure, the purity is measured in milliamps per volt. Pure water (really, really pure water) is an insulator. But It only takes a bit of salt, acid, carbon dioxide, or such to polarize it.

44 posted on 12/09/2005 8:49:58 PM PST by JohnCliftn (In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.)
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To: Nathan Jr.
Also more frequently in Canada and the northern U.S.?

No, they'd be seen less frequently in Canada and the US, unfortunately.

45 posted on 12/09/2005 8:54:34 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: G Larry

"Due to GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "


Given the timelines, it's probably the CAUSE of global warming.


46 posted on 12/09/2005 9:09:45 PM PST by Blzbba ("Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart" - Ashe, Housewares)
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To: mlc9852

With all of the anti-Christmas rhetoric, maybe Santa Claus is moving his operations to a more tropical clime; and, he is changing his name to Sclaus and the holiday to: RamaHanuKwaMas!


47 posted on 12/11/2005 3:46:01 AM PST by Keli Kilohana (Editor, ZARR CHASM CHRONICAL [sic], Sore, WV)
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