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Pole Reversal

Updated on July 10, 2013
  • A pole reversal is twists in the planet's magnetic field causing the magnetic poles to show up in strange places.
  • On average the Earth's magnetic poles reverse every 250,000 years
  • The Earth has not had a pole reversal in over 750,000 years

Woody Harrelson's 2012 character "Charlie Frost"


  • The magnetic north pole is moving at a rapid pace of around 25 - 35 miles per year and moves on a daily basis
  • Compass needles in Africa are drifting about 1 degree per decade
  • Globally the magnetic field has weakened 10% since the 19th century


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      Cathy Nerujen 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Wow, an interesting collection of information.

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      Five One Cows 6 years ago from Moo Town

      That was really far out. I'm voting your hub up!

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      WordCustard 6 years ago from Scotland

      Fascinating... I wonder what impact it would have on our modern technologies if it happened any time soon.

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      mrfluffy 7 years ago from Northamptonshire

      Interesting points, I will not be led lining the house just yet! And the thought of no mobile phones has good and bad connotations for me, but the loss of the internet would be a worry.

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      Brian 7 years ago

      I think we will be okay. The process actually lasts a very long time and the best guess so far is that it is 5000 years overdue, so it wasn't the end of the world last time.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Very interesting and well put together - I just did a hub about polar opposite and its psychology.

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      I love the Woody Harrelson stuff. If you really want to see something you should check out his documentary Go Further, which would make an interesting companion to this hub, as it's about caring for the planet, rather than using it up. I am so glad you did this, because people don't realize how connected our own "polarity" is to the polarity of the earth.

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      Dan Harmon 7 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      It is an interesting phenomena and can certainly cause havoc with much of the animal navigation and life if/when it happens. A great number of life forms, including man, make far greater use of the earth's magnetic than we generally realize.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Very interesting.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Scary! So will the Mayan prophecy come true? Who knows?

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very interesting!

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      zzron 7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Really out of this world stuff.