Oh noes!!! Government Shutdown Imperil’s Earth’s Magnetic Field!!!
Guest Ohhhhh Noooo!!! by David Middleton
Well… maybe not imperiling Earth’s magnetic field… Just delaying the release of the
vital World Magnetic Model…
NEWS 09 JANUARY 2019
Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why
Erratic motion of north magnetic pole forces experts to update model that aids global navigation.
Update, 9 January: The release of the World Magnetic Model has been postponed to 30 January due to the ongoing US government shutdown.
Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move.
On 15 January, they are set to update the World Magnetic Model, which describes the planet’s magnetic field and underlies all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on smartphones.
The most recent version of the model came out in 2015 and was supposed to last until 2020 — but the magnetic field is changing so rapidly that researchers have to fix the model now. “The error is increasing all the time,” says Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Centers for Environmental Information.
Maybe they can put Robert Mueller on the case… Looks like a clear example of Russia collusion…
via Watts Up With That? http://bit.ly/1Viafi3