Is not anymore breaking news since everybody talks about it, but the north magnetic pole fast moving towards a new location might affect humans and humanity, overall, in some ways that we didn’t even imagine before this event started to happen. According to a team of US geologists, the fast-shifting north magnetic pole might make compasses used for navigation useless.
It might sound like a tale from the past but, even though we live in the era of satellites, GPS, and advanced technologies, magnetic compasses are still important instruments for navigation. The problem is that their needles are pointing to Earth’s north magnetic pole which is on the move from Canadian Arctic towards Siberia, Russia, at a speed of 55 kilometers per year.
According to researchers, this fast shifting of the north magnetic pole is produced by the slow rotation of the molten metals and rocks in the Earth’s core, a process known as convection.
How Much Would The Fast-Shifting North Magnetic Pole Affect Humans?
“It’s the change in speed of the rotation of the different parts of the outer core, that means the movement of the magnetic north pole is not the same speed through time,” explained Dr. Paul Byrne for CBS 17. He added that knowing the precise location of the north magnetic pole is essential for the navigation systems based on magnetic compasses.
Luckily, the researchers were quick to update the World Magnetic Model according to the new findings of the north magnetic pole shift towards Russia. However, another update is required, and it would be implemented in late-2019. But the scientists assured us that the north magnetic pole move is not going to affect the average users of navigations systems, but it could impact those of military and commercial aircraft, search-and-rescue ships and aircraft, NASA, and other institutes that rely on precise navigation and measurements.
As Dr. Byrne concluded, “these maps are used for all kinds of things including navigation of aircraft, of military vehicles, for understanding where people are on Earth. Honestly, this doesn’t make a huge difference to people who are not living very close to the pole. It really only effects folks who are really close to the magnetic north pole.”
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