Despite the north pole being a fixed location in the Arctic circle, the Magnetic North Pole is a wandering location which changes year on year. The Magnetic North Pole describes the point where the Earth’s natural magnetic field points inwards and down to the ground. For years, the magnetic pole’s location was determined to lie not too far off from the Geographic North Pole. Scientists have, however, noticed in recent years an increased rate at which the pole appears to shift from location to location.
Deep beneath the Earth’s surface, liquid iron is sloshing around at its core, causing the North Pole to move away from Canada and towards Siberia. This has caused global geomagnetism experts to undergo an urgent update of the World Magnetic Model where it will alter where exactly North Pole is. The next update was not scheduled to happen until 2020, but due to the North Pole’s sudden shift, researchers have to bring it forward.
Is Earths magnetic field in the process of reversing? Since 1900 the magnetic north pole has been moving across the top of the planet moving in a straight line toward russia. At first it was traveling at 25 miles per year and today it has speed up to 40 miles per year. The magnetic south pole has been doing the same and has now left the continent of Antarctica as it continues to move toward Australia and Indonesia. Plus, a new magnetic field has popped up over south America in an area called the south Atlantic anamolie. Are these signs that the Earths magnetic field is in the process of flipping? Where are the poles moving to if not a reversal?
Earth’s Force Field The Earths magnetic field, the protector of all life on Earth is under constant attack from deadly cosmic radiation. This invisible shield that we live in is weakening in a region over the South Atlantic, leaving it exposed to potentially lethal radiation. Is the Earth losing its magnetic field and doomed to a fate similar to Mars? Many scientists believe the answer lies in Is Earths magnetic field in the process of reversing?data, and that this weakening may be a precursor to a magnetic field reversal; scientists know Earth is long overdue. However, humans were not around when the last reversal took place, so what does this mean for life?
A fascinating documentary! Award winning scientist and broadcaster, Dr. David Suzuki explores the reversal of Earth’s Magnetic Poles..
Svensmark’s Theory Explained
Man-made climate change may be happening at a far slower rate than has been claimed, according to controversial new research.
Scientists say that cosmic rays from outer space play a far greater role in changing the Earth’s climate than global warming experts previously thought.
In a book, to be published this week, they claim that fluctuations in the number of cosmic rays hitting the atmosphere directly alter the amount of cloud covering the planet.
High levels of cloud cover blankets the Earth and reflects radiated heat from the Sun back out into space, causing the planet to cool.
Henrik Svensmark, a weather scientist at the Danish National Space Centre who led the team behind the research, believes that the planet is experiencing a natural period of low cloud cover due to fewer cosmic rays entering the atmosphere.
This, he says, is responsible for much of the global warming we are experiencing.
He claims carbon dioxide emissions due to human activity are having a smaller impact on climate change than scientists think. If he is correct, it could mean that mankind has more time to reduce our effect on the climate….
Mr Svensmark claims that the number of cosmic rays hitting the Earth changes with the magnetic activity around the Sun. During high periods of activity, fewer cosmic rays hit the Earth and so there are less clouds formed, resulting in warming. Low activity causes more clouds and cools the Earth. see all article
- Would the sun rise from the west if the magnetic poles of the earth shifts?
it depends from your point of view:
No. The magnetic field of the earth does not affect the planet’s rotation. A compass needle would point to the opposite direction from where it pointed before the reversal, but we would be unlikely to rename the directions of east and west. As it is, the magnetic poles are constantly in motion with regard to the earth’s surface, so geologic maps all have correction information on them to allow the users to adjust their compasses to correct for the changes.
In simple terms, the north and south poles have ‘swapped over’ in the past and could happen again one day soon because the cause is random (at least to our current understanding), geomagnetic reversal.
As East and West are based on North then yes, although the world would be spinning the same way and the sun would rise from the same direction, the compass would be telling you that the sun you saw rising would now be rising from the west and not the east.
Interestingly this is one of the signs of the last day according to the Islamic religion, ie the sun rising from the west. In the past, the previous signs have not manifested themselves in the way that was expected prior to them occurring, eg the sons of barefoot shephards vying with each other in the building of taller and taller buildings – who would have thought 1400 years ago or even 40 years ago that rich arabs would compete against each other in building ever taller skyscrapers in those gulf cities? Cities that have all the space in the world to expand but go up as if they’re space limited and want to imitate Manhattan. So whether it turns out this way or manifests itself some other way, we wait to see in shaa Allah.
- Hadith of the Prophet:
One of the portents of the Judgment Day revealed in the hadiths of our Prophet (pbuh) is “The Rising of the Sun in the West”: Our beloved Prophet Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “One of the signs of the (Last) hour..the sun will rise from the west, where no longer tauba (forgiveness) will be granted.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.237 Narrated byAbu Huraira states that :- Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established till … earthquakes will increase in number … till a man when passing by a grave of someone will say, ‘Would that I were in his place,’ and till the sun rises from the West. … “
- Holy Quran states :-
Do they wait, so unto them, the angels appear
Or your Lord (Himself) to appear,
or some of your Lord’s signs should appear
(But) on the day when Lord’s signs do appear
Believing will be of no avail to anybody who did not believe earlier
Or who did no good works while believing
Say, “ watch and wait, we too are waiting”
The last hour is sure to come, there is no doubt about it
Yet most men will not believe it
(Quran – 40:59)