Earth’s magnetic field could FLIP and WIPE OUT satellite technology

Scientists have recently discovered that the North Pole is moving from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia at a rate of 55km a year. The reason is not known, but it is likely due to massive section of liquid iron shifting in the planet’s interior. This has caused global geomagnetism experts to undergo an urgent update of the World Magnetic Model (WMM) where it will alter where exactly North Pole is.

The next update was not scheduled to happen until 2020, but due to the North Pole’s sudden shift, researchers have to bring it forward.

However, the consequences could be much more severe as it could also be due to a possible impending pole reversal, where north becomes south and vice versa.

In recent years, scientists have been gearing up for a potential flip in the magnetic field – a natural phenomena which occurs every 200,000 to 300,000 years when the north and south poles switch.

The poles attempted to swap 40,000 years ago but the process failed.

As a result, the last time the poles switched place was 780,000 years ago, meaning we are long overdue a pole reversal.

Scientists have warned that once the process has begun, it could take 1,000 years to complete.

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During that time, Earth’s magnetic field will be compromised leaving living beings on the planet vulnerable to an increased dosage of radiation from the sun.

Monika Korte, head of GFZ Potsdam’s working group on geomagnetic field evolution in Germany, told the website Space: “Regarding increased radiation, that would go along with decreased shielding, but it seems that the atmosphere would still provide sufficient shielding at Earth’s surface that humans and animals would not be significantly affected.

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“However, all the effects we currently only see during strong solar/geomagnetic storms would likely increase and occur during moderate solar activity.

“This includes satellite outages or damage to satellites, increased radiation doses on long-distance aircraft and the ISS (International Space Station), and distortions of telecommunication and GPS signals.”

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