Earth's magnetic north pole is hurtling toward Russia

Earth's magnetic north pole is hurtling toward Russia

Earth's magnetic north pole is hurtling toward Russia

The pole is moving about 34 miles a year, scientists say, crossing the global date line in 2017 on a journey towards Russian Federation.

Given that most compasses in use for navigation are now digital or are part of digital systems, software updates can easily remedy the situation.

"Smartphone and consumer electronics companies also rely on the WMM to provide consumers with accurate compass apps, maps, and Global Positioning System services".

This shift of magnetic pole is an emerging issue for all smartphone makers as the device compasses are getting more inaccurate by the day. The early update was initially scheduled to be released at the beginning of the January, but the government shutdown forced a delay.

At the moment, the northern magnetic pole is moving away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia.

Though scientists only update the model every five years, they regularly check its accuracy.

The Earth's north magnetic pole is moving away from the Canadian Arctic and is heading towards Siberia in Russian Federation, said the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The update doesn't have much outcome for civilian users of magnetic navigation but is critical to military users.

Your compass doesn't point north the way it used to. Thus, when the Earth's core shifts around, so will our magnetic field and north pole. The updated version of the World Magnetic Model, which is the foundation of many navigation systems, was finally officially released on Monday and the magnetic north can again be precisely located for people around the world. The Earth behaves like a giant bar magnet - well, nearly - and this behaviour defines its magnetic north and south poles, which are not static. It's happened many times in Earth's past, but maybe not in the last 780, 000 years. To compensate, the US' National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the United Kingdom's Defence Geographic Centre have combined to build the World Magnetic Model. It is not a question of if it's going to reverse, the question is when it's going to reverse.

For most civilian purposes in Western Europe and North America, British Geological Survey geophysicist Ciaran Beggan says the changes would be relatively minor. Comparing it's predictions to real time measurements on the shifting magnetic field. Other animals like cows can sense the Earth's magnetic field, and they position themselves towards a magnetic pole while grazing.

One theory supplied by Livermore to National Geographic may lie buried deep towards the earth's core.

Some scientists are even wondering if the Earth is in for bigger changes: combined with a weakening magnetic field, it might spell an eventual magnetic reversal.

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