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North Magnetic Pole Racing Toward Russia

December 30, 2009

24 Dec 09 – “Earth’s north magnetic pole is racing toward Russia at almost 40 miles (64 kilometers) a year,” says this article in National Geographic News.

Scientists first located the magnetic north pole, which is not in the
same place as the geographic North Pole, in 1831. Since that time,
it had moved little. But for some reason, in 1904 the pole began
shifting northeastward at about 9 miles (15 km) a year.

In 1989 it sped up again, and in 2007 was galloping toward Siberia
at 34 to 37 miles (55 to 60 km) per year.

Why is it moving? It is being pulled by a mysterious plume of magnetism arising from deep in the earth’s core, theorizes French geophysicist Arnaud Chulliat.

          As you know if you’ve read “Magnetic Reversals and
          Evolutionary Leaps,” I think magnetic reversals recur
          in a dependable, predictable pattern every 11,500 years.

          Could this movement be the beginning of the next
          reversal? I don’t know. But I wouldn’t rule it out.

See entire article by Richard Lovett:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091224-north-pole-magnetic-russia-ear
th-core.html

Thanks to Steven Woodcock, Sean Mahoney, Norm Smith, Doug Pirkey  and Ty Weston  for this link

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