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    The Earth is about to turn upsidedown!

    Post  StevOz on Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:49 am

    Earth's Magnetic Poles May
    Be About To Switch
    By Paul Simons
    The Guardian - London
    7-6-2

    The Earth could be about to turn upside down. The planet's magnetic field is showing signs of wanting to make a gigantic somersault, so that magnetic north heads towards Antarctica, and magnetic south goes north. Compasses will point the wrong way, and migrating birds, fish and turtles are going to be very confused.

    Just when this will happen, how long it will take and what the consequences will be, is difficult to fathom. What is not in doubt, though, is that it will happen. About every half a million years or so, the Earth's magnetic field flips upside down.

    The story begins in 1600, when Sir William Gilbert, physician to Queen Elizabeth I, suggested that the Earth was a giant magnet. At the magnetic poles, a compass needle would stand up and point straight down into the Earth. And he was right, up to a point. The magnetic poles are where all the lines of force of Earth's magnetic field are drawn together. It does not coincide with the geographic poles, the axis on which the Earth spins, but it is close.

    Yet the Earth is not a solid magnet. For one thing, its magnetic poles are constantly drifting around. At present, magnetic north is heading out of Canadian territory into the Arctic Ocean at about 10 miles per year. Also, a bar magnet quickly loses its power, yet the Earth's magnetic field has been around for billions of years, so something is regenerating it. This is why Einstein remarked that the origin of the Earth's magnetic field was one of the greatest mysteries of physics.

    Today, we think that magnetic power comes from the Earth's hot outer shell of molten iron sloshing around a solid inner core. As this subterranean ocean of liquid metal slowly whirls around, it behaves like a dynamo generating electrical currents and magnetic fields. Just like the flickering light on a bicycle powered by a dynamo, the Earth's currents are a little erratic, and so the magnetic field at the surface of the Earth fluctuates. We know the magnetic polarity goes topsy-turvy from rocks on the bed of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Along the middle of the Atlantic runs a gigantic crack from which lava oozes. As the lava solidifies into rock, it records the Earth's magnetic polarity at the time. These records show that we are due for another flip about now. But the Earth does not keep a regular rhythm, so no one could make a prediction based on past performance alone. There is, however, more convincing proof that we are heading for a tumble. Each time the magnetic field heads for a reversal, it grows weaker over several thousand years until it almost disappears. Then it switches and starts up again with renewed vigour.

    Magnetism trapped in ancient pottery shows that over the past 4,000 years, the magnetic field has weakened by more than 50%. This past century, the strength has dropped by 5%. At this rate, the field might disappear in the next few hundred or thousand years. Another warning sign of an imminent flip has come recently from satellite measurements of the Earth's magnetic field.

    A team led by Gauthier Hulot, of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, has spotted patches of reversed magnetism concentrated in two places just underneath the Earth's outer mantle. In the largest patch, beneath the southern tip of Africa, the magnetic field is pointing towards the centre of the Earth, instead of outwards. The other patch is near the north pole.

    Some experts have stuck their necks out to predict that we can expect the next reversal some time in the next 2,000 years. The process would probably then take anything between 100 and a few thousand years - not even a blink in the history of Earth. We can only guess what life would be like during that reversal. Anyone trying to navigate with a magnetic compass is going to have a tough time, but what is going to happen to all those birds, fish and other animals that migrate vast distances using their own internal magnetic compass? Will they have time to re-draw their magnetic maps and get new bearings?

    Even more creatures such as bees and some bacteria use a sense of magnetism for finding their way around their local territories, for a north/south or up/down axis. The Earth's magnetic field also stretches several hundred miles into space and protects us from the sun's charged particles and cosmic rays by focusing them towards the poles. This is where they appear as the northern and southern lights as they excite gases in the atmosphere. As the magnetic poles migrate across the world, those night lights are going to light up some very strange places where they have never been seen before.

    During a field reversal, this protective magnetic shield is going to be weak and might even disappear for a century or more. That might drastically affect the weather. There is a growing body of evidence that the sun's highly charged particles batter the upper atmosphere so hard that some of the assault filters down into the atmosphere around us, influencing the wind, atmospheric pressure and temperature.

    Without our magnetic shield, those solar particles might create havoc with the weather. That cosmic radiation blasting the Earth's surface could cause genetic mutations and cancers. Yet when palaeontologists scoured the fossil records looking for signs of mass extinctions or bursts of evolution during previous magnetic field flips, they found nothing. Living organisms seem to have survived intact. But what will happen next time?
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    Re: The Earth is about to turn upsidedown!

    Post  Shockman on Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:31 pm

    I have read some say that the process would take about 20 minutes. But I have read a lot and a lot of different things, Including that it would be only the field, and not the crust. I don't recall anywhere reading anyone thinking it would take any real time even by human life standards.

    The ancient people did however mention a few times and places, "the sky turning over". I think the best explanation for such a statement is the sky turning over.
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    Re: The Earth is about to turn upsidedown!

    Post  tamoore on Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:34 pm

    I'm glad this forum is just for fun, because I'm really wondering how people could be so scientifically illiterate, other than by purposely taking the piss.... Very Happy
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    Re: The Earth is about to turn upsidedown!

    Post  Shockman on Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:47 pm

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    Re: The Earth is about to turn upsidedown!

    Post  tamoore on Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:49 pm

    Shockman wrote:I thought it WAS for fun.

    If you know what exactly is going to happen then you are one up on me. I'm not too keen on things that only happen every 26,000 years. I just though I would add what I have gathered on the subject.
    But if my posting in your threads spoil your fun, then I promise this will be the last.

    No, by all means, Please continue! It's fascinating!
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    Re: The Earth is about to turn upsidedown!

    Post  rosve on Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:23 am

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    Re: The Earth is about to turn upsidedown!

    Post  tamoore on Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:40 am

    Shockman wrote:I have read some say that the process would take about 20 minutes.

    Paleomagnetists say that the process normally takes from between 1000 and 10000 years. The last reversal happened close to a million years ago.
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    Re: The Earth is about to turn upsidedown!

    Post  oooplayer1ooo on Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:00 am

    lol, this time i agree with tam on this ,

    ATM the pole is shifting, magnetic north has shifted slightly over the last 25 yrs towards Russia.
    it is a natural phenomenon that has occurred here many times before, it is probably what slowly killed off the dinosaurs over time.

    this will not happen that fast and is just misinformation designed to create fear and keep people trying to search for truth caught up in a crazy story that is ultimately just a tool that has dominated mankind since we started on this planet , that tool is fear.

    what is happening atm is that the sun is about by the looks of it to flip its poles again finally. it usually happens every 25 yrs but strangely it is about 15yrs overdue this time but as recorded keeping on it is extremely difficult as records haven't been kept long enough.

    we will not notice it, what we may notice is increased solar flare activity after it happens and with the amount of junk in space that we depend on in our daily lives will be effected by it in some way.

    As for the every 26,000 year thing that is another story completely and i plan to make my first serious thread in this section regarding the subject as it has been one i have looked at for 10 yrs now. it is also a subject that is used to stir fear as it has from its creation. i hope to dispel many crazy conspiracy theory with it and educate people here on one of the greatest manipulation tools mankind has created again, FEAR

    fuck creating my own pinball site i want a conspiracy site now, this is fun.


    well i guess this is my first serious post here, lol

    rascal you are going to be off the hook and get a break as i will be venting here now LOL
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    Re: The Earth is about to turn upsidedown!

    Post  Rascal on Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:43 am

    Sure we go for a ride when the poles swap, but what about the hollow earth people?
    Will the chemtrails that are over our heads now be on the other side of the planet?
    Will I be able to plant my crop circles?
    Will the aliens be able to find their ancient runways?
    Will DJ Player1 still be broadcasting from The Club De Potty?
    Will second hand smokers still be more at risk then first hand smokers?
    Will my tin foil hat still work?

    These are the things we should be asking ourselves... the important things.

    One thing is for sure, them damn brick layers will still be laying brick.

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