12.28.2009

Earth's north magnetic pole racing towards Russia due to core flux

http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-18585.html
Earth's north magnetic pole racing towards Russia due to core flux - www.newkerala.com
A new research has determined that Earth's north magnetic pole is racing toward Russia, at almost 40 miles (64 kilometers) a year, due to magnetic changes in the planet's core.
The core is too deep for scientists to directly detect its magnetic field. But researchers can infer the field's movements by tracking how Earth's magnetic field has been changing at the surface and in space.
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The magnetic north pole had moved little from the time scientists first located it in 1831.
Then in 1904, the pole began shifting northeastward at a steady pace of about 9 miles (15 kilometers) a year.
In 1989 it sped up again, and in 2007 scientists confirmed that the pole is now galloping toward Siberia at 34 to 37 miles (55 to 60 kilometers) a year.
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