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Armageddon – Episode 2

It’s that time of the month again.

As promised I bring you my monthly feature about the immanent end of the world as we know it.

Last month I focused on Nemesis, A hypothetical star. This month I figured I would move away from space and take a look at something that could happen right here on earth.

The Magnetic Polar Reversal.

Basically in this End of the World scenario the magnetic poles would, well reverse. North would become south, East would become… well actually I’m not sure how that would be effected technically East and West are just a direction based on where North and South are, I mean Technically there would be no reason for these to change, I mean it would already be confusing enough adjusting to living in the North despite still living in the same house, without also adding into the equation that I’m now living in the North West rather than the south east.

Saying that, much like explaining Left and Right to an alien via a radio, without a point of context east and west are pointless directions, so I would guess we would go with the flow and change them to.

Anyway I digress, this is all well and good but im sure you all want to know is how likely is it that this could happen and what the consequences could be.

Well first off, yes this is a scientific possibility. Unlike Nemesis this is not theoretical, this has already happened on a number of occasions, the last time was about 730,00 years ago, and as far as we know there is no rhyme or reason for this, so could it happen in 2012?

Sure.

Could we predict it?

Not really.

As we currently have no known cause it’s impossible to say whether it will happen in the near future or some time a million years from now, on the occasions it has happened there is no pattern so whilst 730,000 years may well give the impression that we are “due,” it has in the past happened at both longer and shorter intervals.

So what are the side effects of such a shift, well obviously there hasn’t been one in recorded history so let’s be honest we can only speculate, but theoretically increased seismic activity resulting in earthquakes and volcanoes is likely, changes in the behaviour of various animals, birds for example are generally believed to use the magnetic field, and it would apparently effect all electronic devises.

That’s right people; shocking as it is your shiney new Ipad3 might not be all that useful in a measly 9 months time, but lets be honest by then the Ipad3S will be out and it will be redundant anyways.

 

 Much as we have no recorded history of this event, there is some good news.

SOURCE

Human beings have been on the Earth for a number of million years, during which there have been many reversals, and there is no obvious correlation between human development and reversals. Similarly, reversal patterns do not match patterns in species extinction during geological history.

Some animals, such as pigeons and whales, may use the Earth’s magnetic field for direction finding. Assuming that a reversal takes a number of thousand years, that is, over many generations of each species, each animal may well adapt to the changing magnetic environment, or develop different methods of navigation.

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  1. sid1979
    March 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Every time you do this, I’m going to leave this link :p

    http://xkcd.com/998/

  2. March 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    lol

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