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Earth's Magnetic Field Could Flip in Our Lifetime
livescience.com ^ | October 17, 2014 01:20pm ET | Kelly Dickerson,

Posted on 10/18/2014 7:44:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin

A magnetic field shift is old news. Around 800,000 years ago, magnetic north hovered over Antarctica and reindeer lived in magnetic south. The poles have flipped several times throughout Earth's history. Scientists have estimated that a flip cycle starts with the magnetic field weakening over the span of a few thousand years, then the poles flip and the field springs back up to full strength again. However, a new study shows that the last time the Earth's poles flipped, it only took 100 years for the reversal to happen.

The Earth's magnetic field is in a weakening stage right now. Data collected this summer by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite suggests the field is weakening 10 times faster than scientists originally thought. They predicted a flip could come within the next couple thousand years. It turns out that might be a very liberal estimate, scientists now say...

While a pole flip could cause a few technical issues, there's no need to panic. Scientists have combed the geological timeline for any evidence of catastrophes that might be related to a magnetic flip. They haven't found any.

The only havoc that a reversal would wreak is interference in the global electric grid.

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


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: magneticfield; magneticflip; magneticpole; poleflip; poleshift
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Earth's magnetic poles could flip sooner than originally expected. Credit: UC Berkeley
1 posted on 10/18/2014 7:44:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

So will this affect global warming? Will liberals lecture us that we have to panic and do drastic things to change our lives, due to this polar shift?????

Sorry to be so cynical, but, get the feeling that somebody somewhere will use this to make a political statement................


2 posted on 10/18/2014 7:47:48 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Maybe it will lead to more effort made to “harden” the electrical grid.


3 posted on 10/18/2014 7:48:48 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Man, is this going to mess up the weird gal who lives inside my Garmin!


4 posted on 10/18/2014 7:49:00 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack

Just wait until she stars talking backwards.


5 posted on 10/18/2014 7:50:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

We don’t have 800k years of climate data to know what this does to the climate, since the impact of carbon is so low, this could completely invalidate all of the statistical signal in the models.


6 posted on 10/18/2014 7:52:26 AM PDT by dila813
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To: BenLurkin
The only havoc that a reversal would wreak is interference in the global electric grid.

Only?

7 posted on 10/18/2014 7:53:36 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: BenLurkin

“Earth’s magnetic poles could flip sooner than originally expected”

Could being the key word here. Yellowstone could go off. The Cascadia Subduction Zone could cut loose. Some giant asteroid could hit us. Some black hole could swallow us. I’m not losing any sleep over any of the above.


8 posted on 10/18/2014 7:58:17 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Not losing sleep? I guess you don't listen to Art Bell or his replacements.

The world will end
This I know
For Art Bell has
Told me so.

9 posted on 10/18/2014 8:07:08 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: BenLurkin

Who will be the first to blame Bush?


10 posted on 10/18/2014 8:14:58 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: I want the USA back

Life just isn’t safe anymore.


11 posted on 10/18/2014 8:27:16 AM PDT by IncPen (None of this would be happening if John Boehner were alive...)
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FReepers, Let's go!
Everyone needs to donate!

All contributions are for the current quarter expenses.


12 posted on 10/18/2014 8:27:54 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: BenLurkin

It had better hurry up.


13 posted on 10/18/2014 8:29:18 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

I smell a government grant in the making.


14 posted on 10/18/2014 8:33:12 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (There will be another crusade in our lifetime.)
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To: BenLurkin

Or not.


15 posted on 10/18/2014 8:34:47 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: BenLurkin

Will west and east stay the same?


16 posted on 10/18/2014 8:35:12 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: IronJack

Good one! In reality, GPS systems are based on True North and Mag North/Headings are derived.


17 posted on 10/18/2014 8:36:53 AM PDT by Shark24
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Will liberals lecture us that we have to panic and do drastic things to change our lives, due to this polar shift?????”

YES...we have to immediately reverse the polarity in our A/C electrical systems and then start plugging our appliance plugs in oppositely. If your appliances have the type of prongs where one blade is wider than the other...you’ll have to grind down the wider blade. You’ll probably also have to run your ceiling fan in reverse because your fan will run backwards.


18 posted on 10/18/2014 8:40:36 AM PDT by moovova
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To: BenLurkin

During the magnetic flip, will the earth lose it’s gravitational pull? Will people begin to float up into the sky?


19 posted on 10/18/2014 8:41:27 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Tin hats will say ‘yes’.

But what doesn’t get discussed publicly is what happens during those thousand years’ of weakening magnetic field.

We may or may not live to see it, but you can bet the additional cosmic radiation reaching earth will play havoc on the biosphere, that includes the dominant species (in our case, the most arrogant species as well).


20 posted on 10/18/2014 8:47:38 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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