The North Pole Is Moving

Santa might need to find a new home.

There is this phenomenon that has actually been on my radar for some time since I first heard about it while watching Discovery back in High School. Scientists have found that the magnetic poles actually shift over time. They move around a bit, but randomly (every 300,000 years or so) they completely shift.

Meanwhile, regular scientists have evidence that the Earth’s magnetic field flips every 300,000 years. The problem here is that 780,000 years have passed since the last polarity change, which means that a new shift could be imminent. There’s proof that the field’s strength is falling down at a very fast rate over the last two hundred years, a fact that has lead some experts to believe it could disappear completely over the next 1,000 years before it flips. Other boffins believe that this is just a fluctuation in the field.

The reason this concerns me is that if the magnetic poles reverse – we can’t be exactly sure what that will do to our electronics. GPS, Cellular Signals, Radio, TV, almost all of our communications might go haywire. This might sound a bit Y2K bug-ish and paranoid – but it hits me hard because I’m a technology dependent geek who has societal breakdown issues.

There are more concerns too:

If the first theory finally happens, the whole process will have catastrophic consequences to human civilization and nature. Without a magnetic field, nothing will protect us against space radiation. The weather will go completely gaga, and the Sun will fry all our communications and navigation services, not to talk about all of us. At the same time, countless migrational species will get lost, affecting food chains and causing mayhem through the entire planet.

So, if you wake up one day and your cell phone, tv, radio and computer don’t work – DO NOT GO OUTSIDE.

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