The magnetic North pole “runs” on the Taimyr Peninsula: scientists puzzled
Magnetic poles of the Earth, as we know, is not standing still, slowly moving on the surface of the planet. It is considered that their path is determined by the mass transfer in the molten iron core of our planet that affect the Earth’s magnetic field. But in recent years, with the North magnetic pole is something strange going on — it moves in a nearly straight line with increasing speed.
In 2007, the pole left the territory of Canada, where since the beginning of direct observations in 1831 and, apparently, several centuries before. Currently he is heading in the direction of the Taimyr Peninsula, where you can arrive in a few decades, if the direction and speed of its movement during this time will not change.
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The velocity of the pole currently stands at 64 kilometers per year. Just a couple of decades ago she was five times smaller.
His movements lead to obvious technical disadvantages. The earth’s magnetic field, even in the age of GPS continues to be used for the needs of navigation. In the traditional way by compass. On a compass, of course, affect the actual field configuration in the first place — the location of the magnetic poles.