- GPS systems hit with emergency update to deal with Earth’s ‘erratically’ shifting magnetic North Pole The Sun
- Scientists warn Earth's magnetic North Pole has begun moving erratically at speeds of 50km a year Daily Mail
- Earth’s magnetic field is mysteriously acting up, pushing North Pole towards Siberia RT
- Earth’s Magnetic Field is Acting Strange – Scientists Aren’t Sure Why Sputnik International
- A Weird Shift of Our Planet's Magnetic Field Is Messing With Navigation ScienceAlert
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EARTH'S magnetic North Pole is dramatically shifting by as much as 30 miles per year – and scientists have no idea why. Its mysterious motion has forced experts to issue an emergency update to maps used by GPS systems, which rely on the planet's magnetic poles to plan out travel routes for millions of Brits.
Researchers say the magnetic North Pole is 'skittering' away from Canada, towards Siberia.
Earth’s magnetic field, the basis for modern global navigation systems, is constantly in some state of flux. However, it now seems to be going haywire, pushing the North Pole closer to Siberia, and no one’s sure why.
The magnetic poles are moving quickly, going away from Canada towards Siberia, yet geologists cannot determine why the change is so sudden and dramatic.
To properly navigate across the face of our planet, we need to use guidance from its magnetic field. And for that, we need to keep an accurate track of what that field is doing.