Scientists Worried Over Possible Position Reversal Of The Magnetic Poles

Scientists have discovered some signs which suggest the magnetic poles of our planet could radically change their position. If this happens, the Earth most likely will suffer calamitous consequences.

Are things really getting out of hands? Do we need to be worried? Or is it that some scientists tend to exaggerate the stuff up?

The Director of the Laboratory of Space and Atmospheric Physics of the University of Colorado, Daniel Baker, said that the Earth’s magnetic poles have diluted by 15% in the past 200 years.

According to him, this could be an indication that the North Pole and the South Pole could practically switch places. Moreover, he claims the results of this kind of an event involve large ozone layer holes and extensive blackouts.

Many newspaper agencies wrote that if this incident happens one day, many locations on Earth would become unlivable.

Credit: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

The animation above depicts the trend of the north magnetic pole at 10-year periods from 1970 to 2020. The red and blue lines symbolize “declination,” the difference between magnetic north and true north, depending on where one is standing; on the green line, a compass would guide to true north.

This theory is part of a study led by the researcher Alanna Mitchell. It was released by the British newspaper Daily Mail.

In particular, the study urges people to take care of the risks imposed by solar particles and ultraviolet B rays which penetrate into Earth through the impaired ozone layer.

Mitchel implies that if ‘position reverse’ event occurs, some parts of the planet would become totally uninhabitable.

His references were mentioned in a comprehensive Undark report autographed by Alanna Mitchel. She has a book on the same subject with the name “The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force that created the Modern World and Could Destroy It”.

In like manner, Mitchell wrote: “The dangers devastating streams of particles from the sun, galactic cosmic rays, and enhanced ultraviolet B rays from a radiation-damaged ozone layer, to name just a few of the invisible forces that could harm or kill living creatures”

Scientist Jim Wild explains that if a shift occurs in the Earth’s magnetic fields, they would be weakened for centuries and leave the planet exposed to the myriad of harmful radiations from outer space pace.

This investigation unveils how the thick layers are isolating hot iron and nickel. Consequently, this could mean the turnaround of the magnetic poles is rather near.

Then again, all this really sounds like a Judgment Day Plot. The truth is, we still don’t have to fear that we are condemned by the reversal.

To point out, sometime in the past, the Earth’s magnetic poles have switched positions. This caused the compass to turn, meaning that when it points north, it will be directed at Antarctica, and not the Arctic.

In other words, our planet has gone through the process of geomagnetic reversal for years. This is something that no one could ever foresee.

All the confusion about the poles switching emerged from an online book. Numerous websites published doomsday posts, suggesting Earth will experience space radiations and a geomagnetic catastrophe.

If we consider the geological past of Earth, magnetic poles should eventually change positions. This is something no one can’t deny.

Scientists assert that in the past 20 million years, north and south have turned approximately every 200,000.

The last time this occurred, it was about 780,000 years ago. In other words, this means that we are next on the line for a flip.

Sometimes, the poles try to exchange positions but then fasten back into place. This process is called an excursion. The last time it happened was around 40,000 years ago.

Likewise, all the geological data points to the fact that a geomagnetic reversal is expectant.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean they can say if it will occur today or tomorrow. Scientists aren’t able to anticipate when the next total flip will happen.

Six years ago, NASA explained that if the poles eventually turn, it won’t lead to an apocalypse.