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Thu Jan 17, 2019, 11:13 AM

The North Pole is moving, and the shutdown means we aren't keeping up (GPS not updated)

Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/01/17/north-pole-is-moving-shutdown-means-we-arent-keeping-up/?utm_term=.e1cf9227be83)

A storm is raging in the center of the Earth. Nearly 2,000 miles beneath our feet, in the swirling, spinning ball of liquid iron that forms our planetís core and generates its magnetic field, a jet has formed, roiling the molten material beneath the Arctic.

This geological gust was enough to send Earthís magnetic North Pole skittering across the globe. The place to which a compass needle points is shifting toward Siberia at a pace of 30 miles a year.

And thanks to the political storm in Washington, scientists have been unable to post an emergency update of the World Magnetic Model, which cellphone GPS systems and military navigators use to orient themselves. Roughly half the employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which hosts the model and publishes related software, are furloughed because of the partial government shutdown, now in its 27th day.

As reported in Nature, the updated model was supposed to be released this week. It would have been a minor change for most of us ó the discrepancy between the model and the North Poleís new location is measurable only to people trying to navigate precisely and at extremely high latitudes.

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Reply The North Pole is moving, and the shutdown means we aren't keeping up (GPS not updated) (Original post)
Mrs. Overall Jan 2019 OP
GreenPartyVoter Jan 2019 #1
bdamomma Jan 2019 #2
Loki Liesmith Jan 2019 #3
Girard442 Jan 2019 #4
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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 11:17 AM

1. And the ripples keep on flowing.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 11:18 AM

2. ripple effect indeed

this regime is killing us slowly along with our planet.

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Thu Jan 17, 2019, 11:18 AM

3. Total Protonic Reversal!

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 11:20 AM

4. The right-wing ideologues would have flagged those NOAA folks as nonessential and disposable.

It's not like people use compasses for anything important, amirite?

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 12:41 PM

5. Kind of misleading. GPS positioning doesn't have anything to do with magnetic North.

 

Magnetic North only matters if you are using a compass to navigate. And then you have to be close enough to the pole to make a significant difference. The average person using a GPS to get directions will be totally unaffected.

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