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Could the earth magnetic field change during our life time?

New research has suggests the idea isn’t so far-fetched in the relatively near future. a new study shows that the last time the Earth’s poles flipped, it only took 100 years for the reversal to happen. The Earth’s magnetic field is in a weakening stage right now. Data collected this summer by a European Space Agency satellite suggests the field is weakening 10 times faster than scientists originally thought. They predicted a flip could come within the next couple thousand years. It turns out that might be a very liberal estimate. 

A weakening magnetic field could interrupt power grids and radio communication, and douse the planet in unusually high levels of radiation. While a pole flip could cause a few technical issues, there’s no need to panic. Scientists have combed the geological timeline for any evidence of catastrophes that might be related to a magnetic flip. However, if the magnetic field weakens enough or temporarily disappears during the flip, then the Earth could be hit with dangerous amounts of solar radiation and cosmic rays. The exposure could mean that more people develop cancer. More research is needed to understand the possible consequences of a shifting magnetic pole.

So here we are once again looking at something that could possible be bad news if the radiation levels increase with the changes that will take place. Its all about educating yourself about the things that could very well effect us in the not to distant future..

 


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