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Scientists warn Earth's magnetic field could be about to flip upside down

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Feb 5, 2018, 3:11 pm IST
Updated Feb 5, 2018, 3:11 pm IST
Many are worried its impact could be devastating
Earth's magnetic field could be about to flip upside down, researchers warn. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Earth's magnetic field could be about to flip upside down, researchers warn. (Photo: Pixabay)

Leading scientists warn Earth's magnetic poles are about to flip, due to changes in the core of our planet.

High-tech monitoring equipment shows multiple signs that Earth's magnetic field will literally turn upside down, the Daily Mail reported.

 

If this happens, vital magnetic field will become weaker as the changes occur over thousands of years. This could have deadly and dangerous consequences.

Researchers predict it could weaken drastically and diminish the plant's "defence against radiation and streams of charged energy particles called the solar wind", the report revealed.

Our planet has seen such an occurrence thousands of times, according to evidence from ancient rocks.

A rolling lay of liquid iron lies beneath the Earth's core. It is kept molten by heat escaping from the planet's core.  Swirling currents of this mass acts as a gigantic electromagnet, creating a force field that stretches for miles and acts as an energy shield protecting from the sun's powerful radiation.

All things living on our planet depends on this protection.

Otherwise solar rays would tear apart delicate DNA that makes plants and animals. If the reversal truly does occur, some parts of the planet may be ‘uninhabitable’, researchers warn.

Author Alanna Mitchell explains the danger in her book The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force That Created The Modern World And Could Destroy It.

"The consequences for the electrical and electronic infrastructure that runs modern civilisation will be dire," she is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. Adding, "The satellite timing systems that govern electric grids would be likely to fail."

"The grid’s transformers could be torched. Because grids are so tightly coupled with each other, failure would race across the globe, causing a domino run of blackouts that could last for decades," she further goes on to explain.

Despite a lot of information about this out there, many experts are divided about how bad the impact will really be.

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