Magnetic Reversal Due? Yes, says Dr Alan Thomson of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh.
9 Sep 05 – The strength of Earth’s magnetic field, the force that protects us from deadly radiation from outer space, has been weakening dramatically. Although scientists have been tracking this decline for more than100 years, they’ve disagreed about what it means. Some say it’s a precursor to reversal, others argue that it’s a temporary phenomenon.
But Gauthier Hulot of the Paris Geophysical Institute has discovered Earth’s magnetic field seems to be disappearing most alarmingly near the poles, a clear sign that a flip may soon take place.
‘Earth’s magnetic field has disappeared many times before – as a prelude to our magnetic poles flipping over, when north becomes south and vice versa,’ said Dr Alan Thomson of the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh.
‘Reversals happen every 250,000 years or so, and as there has not been one for almost a million years, we are due one soon.’
This confirms my belief that the next magnetic reversal is due.