Originally posted by Arbitrageur
I have no reason to believe there is any significant interaction between the sun's and Earth's magnetic fields, especially with respect to
the sun causing the Earth's field to flip.
I suppose the problem here is in the way I have defined such things as...
The heliosphere is a bubble in space "blown" into the interstellar medium by the solar wind...Variations in the Sun's magnetic
field are carried outward by the solar wind and can produce magnetic storms in the Earth's own magnetosphere.
The solar wind consists of particles, ionized atoms from the solar corona, and fields, in particular magnetic fields.
[EM waves] consists of electric and magnetic field components which oscillate in phase perpendicular to each other and perpendicular to the
direction of energy propagation.
The ultimate energy source of the aurora is the solar wind flowing past the Earth. The magnetosphere and solar wind consist of plasma
(ionized gas), which conducts electricity.
I could continue to bring up similar quotes about how the Sun (in particular the magnetic field energy from the Sun) effect the Earth's Climate,
Weather, Communications, Electrical Grid along with other electrical storms such as Atmospheric Lightning...Well lightning might be tough to prove
yet...but this is digressing too much from the OP. I see these definitions as Electrical/Magnetic interactions, is this a huge leap to make?
Are you telling me that you studied Electromagnetism and missed the connections here?
Unless you can somehow separate these phenomena and show their individual origin then you might be able to continue to claim that all of these are
unrelated but I won't hold my breath.
I see the Earth as right in the middle of the Sun's magnetic field and this field effects everything
in some way here on Earth and in the
space around us. For one, the reason we are all alive is due to the Sun's magnetic field protecting us from galactic radiation not to mention heat
and light. I think there is more than a "significant interaction between the sun's and Earth's magnetic fields"
I am trying to agree with you on your overall premise here.
I believe the Earth's pole reversals do take along time, perhaps even thousands of years, but I also question the studies on this.
I don't think that the Sun's pole reversal causes the Earth's poles to flip but I am convinced that there is an effect from this action. Magnetic
poles do not flip because there is nothing better to do, something is causing this phenomena and there is no reason to dismiss the idea that this is
all linked to a single cause.
The big question is how does magnetism effect the Earth's ozone?
I suppose the easy answer is, "None at all", but is this the correct answer?
In light of the mainstream's explanation of the effects from the Sun's magnetism on the Earth (which I think would be inline with your statements) I
think we need to take a close look at this question. To dismiss this as not possible is science, yet again, turning a blind eye to observations.
[edit on 3/2/2010 by Devino]