Magnetic Field of Earth Weakening a Sign Poles Are Flipping

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The magnetic field of Earth is weakening more rapidly than many scientists thought it would, a sign that Earth’s magnetic poles might flip within a few hundred years as opposed to thousands of years. Data collected from Swarm, the collective name for three European Space Agency (ESA) satellites, confirms that Earth’s magnetic field is weakening, something which has led to many past switches in Earth’s magnetic poles.

According to LiveScience, the magnetic field of Earth is produced by an iron core at the center of the planet and it extends above Earth’s surface 370,000 miles. One of the reasons that Earth’s magnetic field is important is that it is like a defensive force field, blocking out much of the radiation bombarding Earth daily from space and the sun.

Deep ocean core studies have confirmed, according to NASA, that the Earth’s magnetic poles reverse on a relatively frequent basis. They usually switch anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 years. As it has been 700,000 years or so since a flip has taken place, Earth is overdue for one. The weakening magnetic field might be a sign that the switch will occur sooner, rather than later.

Scientists, according to a report by LiveScience, had thought that Earth’s magnetic field was weakening by about five percent every hundred years. At that rate, they calculated that a flip in the Earth’s magnetic fields would not happen for around another 2,000 years.

However, the new data from Swarm indicates that Earth’s magnetic field is actually currently weakening at a rate of five percent every decade instead of century. That rate is 10 times faster than the scientists had allowed for in their calculations about when the next flip would happen.

The biggest amount of weakening in the magnetic field is over Earth’s Western Hemisphere. Though the magnetic field has become somewhat stronger in a few regions, for example over the southern Indian Ocean, that strengthening has not been powerful enough to offset the weakening in it elsewhere. The weakening of the overall magnetic field of Earth is a sign that the poles are slowly in the process of flipping.

According to the observations made by Swarm, the switch or flip of Earth’s magnetic poles is already underway. Magnetic north is slowly headed to the south, in the direction of Siberia. Still, the switch will “take many hundred if not a few thousand years,” as Swarm’s mission manager, Rune Floberghagen, stated in an interview with LiveScience.

While past switches of Earth’s magnetic poles have not resulted in signs of radiation damage to life occurring or mass extinctions, Earth’s weakened magnetic field will let more radiation than normal get through the protective barrier. This could result in disruptions to the world’s communications networks and power grid.

Other information is also collected by the three Swarm satellites, about Earth’s oceans, ionosphere, crust, mantle and core. The data that the satellites are gathering could lead to improvements in locating natural resources, predicting earthquakes and improving navigation systems.

Though the data from the three satellites known as Swarm shows a definite weakening of Earth’s magnetic field over even just the past few months, a complete flip of Earth’s magnetic poles will still likely not occur for at least around a couple of hundred years, according to LiveScience.

Earth’s magnetic field is weakening rapidly now, a sign that the poles are in the process of flipping. Whenever the shift of the magnetic poles is complete, the planet’s magnetic field will presumably be as strong as it ever was and will continue to protect the planet’s life from radiation. The three ESA space satellites, known as Swarm, have collected data that indicates the planet’s magnetic field is weakening at a faster rate than it has been. This is not a sign that the end of the world is eminent, however, even if the flip happened at a much faster rate, such as within a decade, according to

Written By Douglas Cobb

The Weather Channel
Daily Mail

20 Responses to "Magnetic Field of Earth Weakening a Sign Poles Are Flipping"

  1. Judy   February 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    As far as scientists can tell, the earth has had a magnetic field for billions of years. The ancient Chinese were likely the first to discover the field’s effect on lodestones, although Europeans may not have figured it out till the Middle Ages.

  2. saher   October 18, 2014 at 5:04 am

    islam is right

  3. Jihad   October 15, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Fellow humans, another scientific knowledge has again proven the words of the Holy Quran , if you are not a Muslim become one now and if you are a Muslim it’s time to repent . When the sun rise from the west your repentance will no more be accepted which means you are bound for hell fire in the next life and forever .

  4. sajid   September 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

    This cirtifies that the records of islamic and other old puranas are true

  5. Hessa   August 30, 2014 at 4:17 am

    This means the sun will rise from the west which corresponds to Islam

  6. alawneh   August 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I have a question is the southern pole was the northern one in the past and the opposite? Was the sun rais from the west??

  7. Timothy Parish   August 25, 2014 at 12:37 am

    We shall see when the next six month set of data are published, whether the poles ate shifting polarity. So far, only the Northern magnetic pole is migrating extensively. And only one magnetic pole on the sun has changed polarity on its cycle which had been regular since we began measuring it. As far as weakening goes, the last time the sun entered a cycle like this one we had the Carrington Event, a solar flare which burned the major electrical system of the day, the telegraph. With our field weaker this time, a less powerful flare could burn out our major grids, sending us back to the 1880’s. Instead of installing circuit breakers into our grid, our governments are wasting billions on carbon dioxide reduction.

  8. wang chung   August 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    eat more rice

  9. Akram   August 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Mohammad predicted it long time ago


  10. Omar (BuMahmoud)   August 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Dear people worldwide,
    If you prove by scientific facts that sun will rise from the west and set into the east .This will take you to the words that had been told by Prophet Mohammad Peace Be Upon Him and Allah’s Prayers, The Messenger of Islam of Almighty God, more than 1400 years ago.He mentioned that when sun comes from the west it means that the day of judegment is very near ,it will be the day in which people will come back to the world again to be asked about deeds they did in all their life.If good they will go to the paradise but if it bad they will go to hell.One of the very important point is ;they will be asked if they have been adapted the Islamic Religion and practised its 5 pillars????So I advise you to read about Islam and know the fact that the unbelievers and the western spread much information falsely about it. Save yourself from hell because if sun comes from west and goes in the east adapting Islam will not be accepted as all dead people altogether with the alive ones will stand in rows to be asked and get their forever place……It is a call from my deep heart to all mankind on Earth to read about Islam and know the fact.

  11. mojamelapija garanda   August 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    mohamed never existed, or if he did he was an idiot

    • Nowra   August 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Dear Garanda .. I advice you to read about our prophet peace be upon him. Then i am sure that your heart will melt and your language will change . He is the most merciful . Maybe if he heard you saying this he would make you shy with his goodness . i ask Allah to forgive you for your ignorance and bring you to the right path.

  12. sender   August 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Adel Al-Rasheed
    As mentioned and promised by Prophet Mohammad The messenger of Allah since more than 1400 years ago, that 
    Out of the sun from the west is the 8th major signs of the day of Resurrection, and upon it raise from the west, Not accept the repentance from any one of later
    Learn more about Islam

  13. Aziz   August 12, 2014 at 7:09 am

    No correlation, it’s been told by Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, that the change of poles and dawn coming on the west instead of the east is a major sign that the judgement day is nearby. Consider all the initial signs of the judgement day that have already occurred! Subhan Allah

  14. ahmad   August 12, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Change in magnetic poles does not mean change in pole location.
    I am a Muslim. I am aware of what our prophet said. This is not it.

  15. Qamar   August 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Subhan Allah! We have been told this by our Prophet of islam Mohammad peace be upon him, that one of the judgement day’s signs that the appearance of the sun from the west and not from the east as it does now. Besides that, he had told us many signs which give us an idea about big changes that will happen to the universal and the earth, one of them that the Arabian peninsula will change totally and it will convert to a very green lands wich will be full of rivers!
    It is the true religion there is No doubt!!!

  16. Adel Al-Rasheed   August 10, 2014 at 12:25 am

    As mentioned and promised by Prophet Mohammad The messenger of Allah since more than 1400 years ago, that
    Out of the sun from the west is the 8th major signs of the day of Resurrection, and upon it raise from the west, Not accept the repentance from any one of later
    Learn more about Islam

  17. sadknight   August 9, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    In the Holy Quran,judgmentday is when the sun comes up from west, it’s written in Quran 1435 year’s ago

  18. Joseph   July 12, 2014 at 4:14 am

    It is not global warming, it is a phenomenon. However I will shed a tear for the birds in the future before I die.

  19. Ben   July 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Caused by global warming? or is “global warming” not really man-made and rather caused by the weakening of the magnetic field? Any coorelation at all?


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