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Posted on 12/21/2007 3:13:32 PM PST by blam
North by Northwest
The planet's wandering magnetic poles help reveal history of Earth and humans
Hikers in the wilderness often place their faith in a trusty compass. But any navigator worth his salt knows that compasses can't truly be trusted: Only along certain longitudes in the Northern Hemisphere does a compass needle point due north.
MOVED BY MAGNETISM. Explorers first found the north magnetic pole at Canada's Cape Adelaide in 1831. Blue dots (direct surface observations) and red dots (models using satellite data) denote the pole's movement since then. Green dots indicate the pole's future location if its current rate and direction of motion continue. Olsen and Mandea
In other locales, a compass needle slews either to the left or the right of true north by a certain angle, a process commonly known as declination. That's because a compass isn't attracted to the north geographic pole, the point at which Earth's rotational axis pierces the Arctic ice. Instead, the needle is attracted to the north magnetic pole, the spot where the planet's invisible magnetic field lines burst from the surface and point directly upward.
Astronomers have long known that a compass doesn't always point true north, a bearing in the night sky that lies within 0.5° of Polaris, the North Star. Their measurements of declination, along with those made by seafaring explorers, enabled 16th-century sailors to better navigate along their trade routes, especially those linking the New World to the Old. What many scientists didn't appreciate until the 1600s, after they had compiled a few decades' worth of precise measurements at astronomical observatories, was that declination varied through time. Suddenly, they realized: The magnetic pole moves!
What difference does this make in today's world, where pilots, navigators,
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Interesting. I had no idea the location of our magnetic poles varied so widely by year.
drift happens. cool.
A very moving article!
3.4Mb magnetic anomaly map of North America.
Great post! Wonder how this constant moving affects migrating birds?
Hmmm, so when does it flip from N to S pole, when it gets nearest the North pole?
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this seemed a little dim-witted:
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[snip] The researchers measured the direction in which the minerals in the volcanic rocks of the islands were magnetised. When the lava flows that formed the islands cooled and solidified, the minerals lined up with the Earth’s magnetic field, providing a record of their location at the time. [end]
This one was interesting, because one scientist claims that the Chandler Wobble is caused by the winds (I’m not making that up) and that global warming will make it worse. :’D
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and then there’s this:
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Hey, these are just scratching the surface of what I found around here. :’D
Thanks Blam. A bunch of related topics linked here. :')
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and hey, why not this one too:
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The angle between the magnetic and geographical pole is called variation, not declination.
Wonder how this constant moving affects migrating birds?
Gives 'em Vertigo!
Webster’s Dictionary has both declination and variation for the angle between the magnetic and geographical pole, but when I was in the Air Force we always called it variation.
I am impressed by how rapidly the movement of the North magnetic pole is accelerating.