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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Earth's Magnetic Field Changing

From a European Space Agency (ESA) press release:
The first set of high-resolution results from ESA’s three-satellite Swarm constellation reveals the most recent changes in the magnetic field that protects our planet.

... Measurements made over the past six months confirm the general trend of the field’s weakening, with the most dramatic declines over the Western Hemisphere.
 
But in other areas, such as the southern Indian Ocean, the magnetic field has strengthened since January. 
The latest measurements also confirm the movement of magnetic North towards Siberia. 
These changes are based on the magnetic signals stemming from Earth’s core. Over the coming months, scientists will analyse the data to unravel the magnetic contributions from other sources, namely the mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere.

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