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Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

By Diane Selkirk — last modified Jan 25, 2019 07:55 PM
The Earth’s north magnetic pole is shifting so rapidly that steps are being taken to ensure it doesn't impact navigation in the Arctic.

Published: 2019-01-12 00:00:00
Topics: Equipment , Communications , Cruising Information , Environment

Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

Magnetic North is Shifting

With the Earth’s north magnetic pole currently moving at a unusually rapid 50 km (30 miles) a year, researchers will be making an early update to the World Magnetic Model.

The poles movement is determined by changes in the liquid iron located deep in the Earth’s core and the model is typically updated every five years. While most people at mid or low latitudes, or those relying on GPS for car travel won’t notice the shift, vessels operating in the Arctic are affected.

The updates was set for 2020 but its now taking place January 30, 2019.

See the story reported by gCaptain for more information.

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