Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Is Shifting South… So What Now?


You may have heard that the earth’s magnetic
poles tend to move around. I mean, so do the geographic poles, but magnetic
North and South are really mobile…and magnetic North in particular is moving real fast. Like, way faster than we thought it would. And the scientific community is coming up
with some really exciting and creative ways to figure out why. The prevailing theory about why our planet
has a magnetic field in the first place is because of what’s underneath the crust. Dynamo theory, as it’s called, is the idea
that the molten metals of the outer core, like iron are being convected—basically,
swirled—all around the Earth’s interior, around the solid inner core. This continuously creates electric currents
as charged particles move through this liquid metal, and—in combination with the rotation
of the Earth—becomes what’s called a dynamo: the source of a magnetic field. This also explains why the magnetic poles
are not necessarily fixed points, because the liquid that creates the magnetic field
is turbulent, and always shifting, the poles move as the fluid does. Right now, for instance,
the North magnetic Pole has been slipping down into Siberia for the past 150 years or
so…and it’s speeding up. Our magnetic field actually has a name. It’s called the
magnetosphere and it plays a crucial role in making Earth a habitable planet. It wards off much of space’s harmful radiation
like cosmic rays, acting like an essential protective cloak around the Earth. Which is one reason why scientists and governments are
so invested in knowing how it works and how it will behave. Like with the World Magnetic Model, for example. This huge and innovative computer model of
Earth’s magnetic field behavior is used by many international bodies as the guiding
standard on what the world’s magnetic field is up to. It combines sensor measurements of the field’s
strength and position, measurements which are then used in simulations of the geodynamo’s
past, present, and future behavior. The WMM releases updates to the model every
five years, but in 2019, it was forced to release a mid-cycle update because magnetic
North has been sauntering vaguely downwards much faster than anticipated…the perfect
example of the fact that even though we’re measuring and predicting to the best of our
abilities, the geodynamo is too unpredictable and complex to make a truly complete model
of it. That uncertainty means scientists are also
looking for experimental ways to further probe the Earth’s magnetic behavior, which typically
involves creating models of the Earth out of liquid sodium. Which is quite the commitment, because sodium
is a highly reactive metal that is extremely difficult to handle and likes to spontaneously
burst into flame. New sodium ball experiments are being used
in several labs worldwide, and—in combination with improvements in computing and machine
learning—could help us gain more insight into how Earth’s magnetic field will change…and
how we could prepare for when it does. Because what does a shifting magnetic field
actually mean for us? Flipped poles would mean that the names of
Earth’s hemispheres may be a bit confused for a while, and compasses would point in
the opposite direction than they did previously. But more importantly, as the poles shift around,
the magnetosphere could get weaker, with several smaller magnetic poles popping up in other
places around Earth. A weakened magnetosphere means many things:
the Northern lights will be visible in new parts of the world, for a start. All our satellites would need to be extra
fortified against radiation, or we risk them getting totally fried by space weather like
solar wind. Electronics here on Earth would be extremely
vulnerable to interference and destruction by space radiation too, like our power grids. And that’s not even mentioning the human
health effects of being exposed to much higher degrees of radiation from space, which let me tell you, are not great. We know from studying magnetic inclusions
that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped entirely in the past— they trade places
about every 300,000 years, or so but it’s been over double that since the last time
we know they flipped. So we are long overdue for some magnetic migration
and it’s happening…fast. And scientists are working hard to understand
why and how they move and what exactly it may mean for us when they do. The next update to the WMM is expected in
early 2020. Do you want to know more about it when it
comes out? Let us know down in the comments below. Make sure you subscribe to Seeker for all
your science news, and for more on surprising things inside the planet, check out this video
here. As always—thanks for watching, and we’ll
see ya next time.

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100 thoughts on “Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Is Shifting South… So What Now?”

  1. Seeker says:

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  2. Alex San Buenaventura says:

    The last pole shift happened during the mayan era and this shift wiped out everything that was established from the past to that moment of shift. Thats why we have little known of their cultures and the cultures before them.

  3. Mista Wells says:

    anybody else hear a really high pitched beeping though out the video?

  4. Nathan Lucas says:

    wtf is the beeping

  5. Soron Quenta says:

    We all are going to fry!😱 …I mean, more research is needed. #badjoke 😬😅

  6. Rohith Bgprod says:

    3.10 wtf how can compass point opposite directions if it has to point north it will point always north no matter wat we need to change the direction according to compass and make entire corrections.

  7. Daniel Just says:

    This doesn’t make sense. If you heat up iron to only 1K Celsius degrees the iron losses it’s magnetic properties, so if Earth’s core is fluid iron, the iron will not act as ferromagnetic. Additionally dynamo (generator) produces AC current not DC current, so if what this lady says is true we should observe constantly changing magnetic field ie. it’s direction. Of course, the AC current produced by dynamo can be converted to DC (for example by the usage of diodes ), but I doubt the Earth developed such semiconductor circuit . I would love to see an experiment showing liquid rotating iron which can create unchanging magnetic field.

  8. S. Tapia says:

    Everyone is freaking out about climate change when the real reason is pole change. Unfortunately planting more trees isn't going to help.

  9. Alan Sarmiento says:

    Just Move on.!😂😂😂

  10. rock 147 says:

    What a Milf!

  11. Tadas Gabalis says:

    why you show globe earth?

  12. JudeTunes says:

    The last pole shift was nowhere near 300’000yrs ago. Much closer to 40’000

  13. 1 day left says:

    Thumbnail's answer 3:00

  14. Floyd wetherton says:

    All of this crap is theory! We know nothing about this planet! And more to the point, we only know what we are allowed to know! Don't be sucked In!

    As a side note….i would let her sit on my face

  15. Jo Lapid says:

    When is the Cataclysm expansion comes out?

  16. DAIKOИ says:

    Australia gonna be rightside up now

  17. Michael Stanley says:

    Hmm so the magnetosphere is changing that could lead to death and astroids the size of Giza is coming closer to earth 🤔 I think we will be fine

  18. Blakelikesfood says:

    Trump's to blame!

  19. King Kendrik says:

    Earths hollow, solar radiation flows through it, hence solar radiation leaking out in Antarctica, next solar maximum will be exciting

  20. Gabriel Arreguin says:

    420k views ayyyyyy shoutout to all them pears and caca

  21. Catalin Nedelescu says:

    So if South and North swap just call South North and North South

  22. Amjad Hanna says:

    How eould they know what was the magnatic field like 300 thousand years ago, it is speculations. No one knows

  23. PRIVATE SECTOR 042 says:


    Wake up people your not on a ball flying through fake space….. mindless sheep

  24. Arib Anwar says:

    "Magnetic Field is changing fast!"
    Me: OMG! yess… How fast? Will I wake up tomorrow with a different direction perspective? Yess Yes Yess!!!!

  25. amped says:

    Why would you misinform people?

  26. David Howard says:

    But this has zero effect on climate?! Wtf.. Clown world.

  27. Andrew Patrick says:

    I do not have control over anything in nature.

  28. D L V N T H says:

    Why stupid comments have tobe everywhere… like seriously, this is an interesting subject & everyone in the comments are just being silly or trying to be funny…

  29. Tweeked Mobb says:

    very interested in an update on the report in 2020!

  30. Zareh Kantzabedian says:

    Poles shift. Magnetic shield weakens. Solar flares directed at Earth cause massive damage.

  31. Satans Assistant says:

    Stop with the high pitched beeps ahhhhhHaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAA

  32. Hansjörg Kunde says:

    Actually if you look close to the Earth magnetic field you'll see that the current magnetic 'North pole' points between 2 magnetic centers (poles) one located over northern Canada and one somewhere in Siberia. The latter gains power so the needle shifts with like 150 km a year towards it. So actually Earth has currently 4 magnetic poles (2 north 2 south). And a Compass just point to the resulting magnetic field vector… or to the nearest magnetic center if you are close to it…
    However these poles might start to wander and even multiply so Earth might end up with magnetic centers all over the surface, even at the equator. Until the polarity flips finally and everything normalize over time to 2 magnetic centers again.. Just then the compasses point to the south…

  33. DeusWrath Eternus says:

    they shift, when the core moves it also shifts so the poles can flip, so they predict that they flip during long periods. this can affect many things we honestly dont know what would happen but until it does we cant do anything except speculate. This could be a reason for the world level extinctions that happened. but thats just a theory. i learned this when i was still in high school i m30 right now so this isnt new stuff. people need to rss to science articles and websites and get the daily updates on scientific news yall bout to get caught slipping and shit yall stupid , probably read twitter and insta every 30 minutes but dont know what kelvin is, or ozone, or helium 3 probably dont know what quarks are or flavors dumbasses

  34. Kimberly K says:

    Earth crust displacement theary anyone????? I really hope we aren't in for a pole shift

  35. Daryl F the possible psychopath says:

    I'm hung like a light switch .

  36. art says:

    To good to be true.. she had to be married

  37. WMWMWM W says:

    It must be that pesky climate change!

  38. nick fratilescu says:

    Don't even bother , the Earth is flat and it's not moving !

  39. skittles6699 says:

    Love this stuff. Yes I do want to here more. And the Earth protects us and we need to protect Mother Earth. We are all in this together Yes

  40. lothean says:

    Just dont ask the current American administration. They will blame muslims, Mexicans, and other minorities and then try to build a wall or say it's fake news. Lol

  41. Sergio Perez says:

    What's with beeping sound at 0:39 ? and so on.

  42. cowapingu says:

    Earth's magnetic north pole is currently on the geographic south pole, so wouldn't it be sauntering North?

  43. Slartibartfast says:

    ok, seriously, HOW FAST? I fuckin hate these "science" channels, it's mostly about clicks and drama.

  44. Random The Wise says:

    🤣gps and roadways are going to be so jacked, self driving cars are gonna do illegal u turns, eait thats dangerous

  45. Horny Toads says:

    yeah so ive been hearing about this pole shift since mid 1990s! It will be a time of great calamity as the magnetic field disappears Earth will bake in solar radiation! Giant tsunamis will transform the coast lines ; The moon and comets will come crashing down; The mayan 2012 end of times prophecy; Volcanoes will erupt; & the day the Earth stood Still & FARTED! GASP but Heeey wait a min, damnit in 25 years it still hasnt moved an inch. so lay off! & wake me up when it actually moves ok.

  46. BroAnarchy says:

    There's quite a magnetosphere around you, Maren

  47. Victor Contreras says:

    How about weather effects?

  48. Alucard Helsing says:

    So does this mean santa lives on the south pole then.

  49. Paul Connelly says:

    Climatologists: This has no effect on the weather. Global warming / climate change is caused by humans.

    People who don't believe the climatologists bullshit: Yeah, ok 😏

  50. Coco Nut says:

    Sorry but there is no magnetic south. This is a lie. When you take the south pole of a magnet to a compus, the tip will point at the south pole of your magnet as if it was north. Explain that? Look at the u.n.flag, seeing our world leader can't be as stupid as you for believe this rubbish. I maybe rude but I won't lie to you like this lady who thinks she's a scientist. She's a an actor because she read a script. This coming from the same smart people who said the moon is actually in earth 's atmosphere. Like they didn't know that if they really went to the moon in the first place. So many lies. Please people open your eyes and stop think they are smarter then you. Just because they have the title of a scientist, sure as shit dosent mean they are smarter. Much love from Hawaii. Aloha

  51. Filteris Rosa says:

    Geography book will have to get a reprint,

  52. zohn h says:

    What's going to happen to the birds?

  53. Antti Luiro says:


  54. amdigousFISH op says:


  55. Cheshire InFamous says:

    get naked

  56. BLY says:

    I legot almost shat myself when i saw the title

  57. Ultimate Suum says:

    The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The Hour will not be established until the sun rises from the west. When it rises from the west, all people together will believe. Yet on that day, ‘No soul will benefit from his faith if he did not believe earlier, nor earn good from his faith.'” (6:158)

    This should help scientists…The Messenger of Allah warned them long ago🤦🏾‍♂️

  58. Nikhil Teja says:

    Crazy outfit

  59. vít Balek says:

    We're all going to die!!!

  60. Ajax says:

    On 7/31/2019 NASA stated we are heading for a magnetic pole reversal! Sun rise in west? Islam is the only religion in the World that believes that their messiah will come when the sun rises in the West instead of in the East. Maybe this is one reason for the artificial sun(s) 'they' had made and patented by their scientists – to make it appear as though the sun is rising in the west, and I understand the artificial sun will also be used as Nibiru. GOD Warned Us LONG "In Advance", there Will be Great Deception.

  61. KickMe1177 says:

    Theory theory theory!

  62. Taylor Martin says:

    Anyone else hear those two beeps every 13 seconds?

  63. Chadason McGraw says:

    The math was way off in this video, but summed it up decently.

  64. dusty hedger says:

    Ask AOC , she seems to know EVERYTHING ! !

  65. will brito says:

    Does this affect weather?

  66. A2 the JDM fan boy says:

    Cant wait for the new update to fix this bug

  67. Christian Pires says:


  68. mohammed shibili says:

    You are really cute 😉

  69. mysticboy says:

    Science still sees the Earth as a ball of rock and molten core, rather than a conscious sentient being, who is choosing what and how to do it herself, in Sync with the Sun and other celestal bodies.

  70. nabeel najib says:


  71. Brett Reeves says:

    This will be the next global cataclysm to nearly render our species extinct

  72. Yoara says:

    "Sauntering vaguely downwards", eh? I see what you did there.

  73. Keef Stone says:

    Is this the woman from hello ladies

  74. antisocialpill says:

    Okay I know that I’m not the only one here but as a muslim we believe that when the sun rise from the west.. it’s near judgement day and one of the major signs of it.. I’ve tried to figure it on my own on how can that scientifically happen and just thought that it might have some relation with the time-space fabric which didn’t make sense to me either.
    I’m totally thrilled now by this.

  75. ronaldojam says:

    If you know, you know 👁

  76. Mariano Alippi says:

    The voice hearing this Anglel is good to the soul, an angel that makes you think.

  77. V1Gibby says:

    Last time that happened we had an ice age

  78. Irish RowRow says:

    I do Cause my freshman Earth Science teacher told us about this.

  79. Richard Deese says:

    Thanks! Well, here's some science with definite applications to the real world!! Now that we know it's moving, maybe we'll start putting up more hardened satellites. Maybe. Or maybe we'll just do what we've always done, & ignore the problem until it knocks us right in the head. A weakened magnetic shield makes human society vulnerable to coronal mass ejections, which could take out whole power grids. Time to learn, kids! 𝓡𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲 𝓣𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲.

  80. Josie's Journey says:

    There are those projecting the rate of this shift to the conclusion that it will flip within hours at one point and it will be an instant cataclysm the world over. Would like you to report on whether or not humans – most life can possibly survive. You sorta skimmed over that bit.

  81. wu the maurine says:

    that beep beep was really annoying

  82. Jocifer Luther says:

    this is earths way of ridding the toxic humans of this world that serve no pourpose to us this is earths eradication of humans much like our bodies eradicate a virus from our system so will the earth

  83. Margaret Neanover says:

    It's all chance to some, so why would this concern the real study? Especially when the stabilization was used as the world argument epicenter. Some concepts they want while some others work ploys to not care. The salt study was ask about long ago, the care about this before habits of space flight got a habit. They've done very little to promote as much since the hiding of truth. It leaves innocent to be subjected and broke. Wrongful premonition stinks, right?

  84. Margaret Neanover says:

    Maybe the universe was shifted, not the Earth, well a few degrees.

  85. WidePeepo7 says:

    So Santa will live in the south pole?

  86. WidePeepo7 says:

    Just turn it the other way round duh…

  87. qwerknight says:

    Pole sheft because of nibirui in our solar system

  88. Jose Ramirez says:

    An update in 2020 would be awesome. Thanks.

  89. Harry H says:

    There's something very nature and calming with thi woman…

  90. Douglas Campbell says:

    Yip very true, earthquakes, tectonic plate shifts, yip big trouble, not to mention the gamma rays that will fry a lot of life. What's the plan of actions, loads of info, yet not one solution. Not good for 21st-century brainpower. Super strange not even one solution. Ok then, so what are we waiting for . Find at least one solution, just one. Can think of one simple solution already, yet mankind won't listen, to even an ABC or 123 simple thought. Yip this is Humankinds downfall. No one listens. They could not even have to bother with Tesla.

  91. Wuan Brown says:

    Ok a few years ago i was crazy because i said exactly what she is saying and Scientists have now admitted. I truley live in a country of humans that just dont like to hear anything from anyone who isnt on TV? Or being said by some guy peop3just blindly trust because he has a dagree? When the f;ck did a dagree make you impervious to bias, alternative agendas, and being an out right liar…. WTF. For real. WTF.

  92. viability4us says:

    I want to know!!

  93. Jason Strom says:

    The thing that cracks me up is how no one connects climate change to this. As if it wouldn't effect the weather and temperatures….lol! Nope, it's all our fault. Argument over.🤣…. The really funny thing I've seen is people trying to say we are the cause of the poles shifting… There's always gotta be a way to blame us. That way they can guilt trip us into paying some sort of tax for it… Don't believe the hype. These things were happening long before we evolved and they'll be happening long after we are gone.

  94. Sankaravelayudhan Nandakumar Nandakumar says:

    Earth may be turned into bizzary orbital deviation.and rotational speed may vary as compared to Uranus.Why not it wiil be acted upon by a new slingshot gravity dynamics?

  95. Red Cloud says:

    So head for the highlands while the heading is good. If earth's skin shifts, yikes!

  96. Moitashi Graone says:

    you're pretty

  97. Ousballa Jobe says:

    If the Earth moves or rotates, shy geographical locations of countries do not change or shift? I believe the Earth is stationary. If the shodow of the Earth is showcasing on the Moon because Earth blocks the Sun then Why is the shodow still on the Moon while the Sun is at full rise? These theories are confusing

  98. Caleb Hollen says:

    but liquid metal is not magnetic

  99. daniel wade says:

    Shes not telling you 85% of humans will die during this event..smh

  100. Maps Of Being says:

    Positively surprised, thanks for your work!

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