Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

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 4 years ago

With the Earth’s north magnetic pole currently moving at an 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 were set for 2020 but it’s now taking place on January 30, 2019.

See the story reported by gCaptain for more information.

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