Originally posted by sir_slide
reply to post by Human_Alien
What are the global implications do you think? I don't mean to sound silly, but I'm in Australia, does that mean that the weather would become like canada or russia? SCARY
Originally posted by endtimer
That's really funny. My compass is pointing straight north as usual.
Nothing amiss here. What a laugh.
Originally posted by kinda kurious
I live in Tampa so I checked this story out.
The Federal Aviation Administration required the runway designation change to account for what a National Geographic News report described as a gradual shift of the Earth's magnetic pole at nearly 40 miles a year toward Russia because of magnetic changes in the core of the planet.
Link to full story
Apparently is is a slow and gradual shift. Interesting nonetheless. Thanks for sharing.
(ETA The comments section is hilarious.)edit on 5-1-2011 by kinda kurious because: added content
Originally posted by antoinemarionettePole shifts have been heralded as a devastating planetary shift that would annihilate ALL LIFE ON EARTH, an extinction event.
Originally posted by Terrormaster
Interesting that you mentioned people having trouble with compasses. I'm not sure how accurate the electronic compasses in smart phones are supposed to be. But my compass app on my Android phone has been telling me that true north is to the west. I tried recalibrating it several times even in front of witnesses at the office at it still does the same. For the record, it USED to accurately point to the north. This shift is somewhat recent behavior.edit on 1/5/2011 by Terrormaster because: (no reason given)
New research shows the pole moving at rapid clip—25 miles (40 kilometers) a year.
Over the past century the pole has moved 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) from Arctic Canada toward Siberia, says Joe Stoner, a paleomagnetist at Oregon State University.
At its current rate the pole could move to Siberia within the next half-century, Stoner said.
"It's moving really fast," he said. "We're seeing something that hasn't happened for at least 500 years."