Earth’s magnetic north pole is shifting toward Russian Federation, scientists say

The magnetic north pole is wandering about 34 miles a year. At the end of 2017 it crossed the international date lin

This pole is defined as the point at which magnetic field lines point vertically down.

The report's release was originally set for January 15 but was delayed due to the U.S. government shutdown. It's a minor change for most of us - noticeable only to people who are attempting to navigate very precisely very close to the Arctic. The magnetic north pole is the point that compasses point to as north and is important to all sorts of navigation technologies. For example, the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska, renamed a runway 1L-19R to 2L-20R in 2009.

However, the magnetic north pole is moving faster than normal resulting in a new out of cycle release for the WMM. It is not a question of if it's going to reverse, the question is when it's going to reverse.

Earth's magnetic field has been slowly changing throughout its existence.

Some scientists believe that Earth could be heading for a magnetic pole reversal.

Magnetic field of Earth.

The midnight sun shines across sea ice in the Canadian Arctic. First, there's true north, which is the northern end of the axis on which our planet turns. By the time the U.S. Army went looking for the pole in the late 1940s, it had shifted 250 miles to the northwest.

When this happens, the polarity of the field will reverse and north will be south and south will be north.

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Farther east, a separate wave of precipitation from this storm will break out over the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Much of the freezing rain and sleet is expected to be northwest of the Boston-Providence corridor, it said.

A magnetic tug-of-war type event has been going on between a region under Canada and Siberia.

It does not matter much in the most populated areas, but "near the magnetic pole, the change is faster".

The pole's movement towards Russian Federation can be attributed to the Earth's molten outer core.

"Deep ocean sediment cores from this period also indicate no changes in glacial activity, based on the amount of oxygen isotopes in the cores".

NOAA explained that the WMM is updated every five years, but due to the shift of the pole, scientists were forced to publish the WMM update a year earlier. For the record, the magnetic north pole is now in the Arctic Ocean, far to the north of Canada and relatively close to the actual North Pole (that would be the spot on the globe where longitude lines converge, on the planet's rotational axis).

The model is updated every five years with the last update occurring in 2015.

With the shutdown over, however, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has now announced the availability of the new Model. This portion of the model didn't become available until Monday, a week after most NOAA employees returned to work. Most recently, the planet's north magnetic pole began lurching toward Siberia.

For most civilian purposes in Western Europe and North America, British Geological Survey geophysicist Ciaran Beggan says the changes would be relatively minor.

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