The magnetic north pole has been off on its way towards Siberia at a pace of around 30 miles a year, yet the south pole hasn’t really moved much in comparison. Yet, scientists have had to release an emergency update to the World Magnetic Model, which is used by cellphone GPS systems and military navigators. The magnetic poles are one of those things which are pretty essential to modern life when we consider the fact that the worlds communication systems are based on their existence.
The first expedition to find magnetic north, in 1831, pinpointed it in the Canadian Arctic. By the time the US Army went looking for the pole in the late 1940s, it had shifted 250 miles (400 kilometres) to the northwest.
Since 1990, it has moved a whopping 600 miles (970 kilometres), and it can be found in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, 4 degrees south of geographic north – for the moment.
Curiously, the south magnetic pole hasn’t mirrored the peregrinations of its northern counterpart. Since 1990, its location has remained relatively stable, off the coast of eastern Antarctica.Science Alert
Now isn’t that just the strangest thing you’ve heard today! The magnetic north pole is off gallivanting towards Siberia as quickly as Joe Biden, yet, it’s forgotten to match that up with it’s opposite south pole. Anyone that can add an explanation to this should let us all know in the comments.
There’s also a very important aspect of the magnetic poles whcih deserves attention too, and that’s the fact that animals all over the world are well known for using the magnetic field for navigation.
Since the 1960s, scientists have confirmed that more than 20 migratory species of bird use the Earth’s magnetic field to help them find their way. In the early 2000s, Ursula herself found that the tiny Tasmanian silvereye navigates magnetically during its annual migrations up the Australian coast.
It seemed that species that took part in long-haul travel were uniquely equipped for this task. Which was why, in 2004, Ursula was dismissive when Dr Raf Freire, then at the University of New England, NSW, suggested testing chickens to see if they too had the knack. Nevertheless, she agreed to collaborate with Raf on a series of experiments using young chickens.
What emerged from that research astonished not only Ursula but also the wider scientific community. “I was gobsmacked,” she says.
One of the first people to suggest that inanimate objects could exert a force on living creatures was Franz Mesmer, an 18th-century Austrian physician, although his theory of ‘animal magnetism’ soon fell out of favour.
Then, in the 1950s, scientists noted that caged European robins, which normally migrate southward in autumn, would assemble at the southern end of their cages in the appropriate season.
In the following decade, Wolfgang Wiltschko, a student at Germany’s J.W. Goethe University, in Frankfurt – and now the world’s leading authority on avian navigation – placed electromagnetic coils around the cages of robins to alter the magnetic field, causing the birds to gather at a different compass point.
This and subsequent investigations by him and his wife, Roswitha, proved beyond doubt that birds can detect magnetic fields and use them to orient themselves.Australian Geographic
Modern science has given us the opportunity to understand that birds are not the only creatures that can do this. Snails, fruit flies, bees, butterflies, salamanders, newts, lobsters, frogs, bats, salmon, trout, whales, sea turtles and the mole rat of East Africa
It’s important to consider this when we think about the recent climate alarmists which have been hitting the headlines recently. They’ll say it’s the way we’re using our planet, and that we’re all destroying it. Not being funny like, but you really think that planet earth is bothered by a the little rash that is the human race. No no. This planet has bigger things to worry about.
Why is the magnetic south pole not matching up with the movements of the north magnetic pole? I don’t profess to be some crazy scientist, but surely, should south not move with north and vice versa?
Could this also explain the recent phenomena of whales beaching themselves and birds dropping from the skies? If your entire existence was based on a system which just isn’t playing fair, would you not be dropping from the sky, or beaching yourself on random shores?
Hundreds of whales die in mass stranding on New Zealand Beach – The Guardian
15 pilot whales dead in Georgia’s 2nd stranding since July – The Star
Minke whale washed up on Tyrella beach in County Down – The BBC
Now if we take on board the fact that animals use the magnetic field of the earth to navigate, it would be fair to say that this phenomenon of animals going off course would suggest that something is up with the internal compass of earth. Some whales can live for hundreds of years, so it would be fair to say that when it comes to using the earths navigation system, they’ve got this. So why on earth are they washing up in droves like this?