As a result of a weakened magnetic field, larger amounts of radiation via charged particles such as solar flares, coronal mass ejections, gamma rays, and galactic cosmic rays – are more abundantly reaching Earth’s atmosphere and having a heightened reaction with Earth’s core layers. This cyclical interaction is what causes a perpetual flux of motion to maintain Earth’s balance. Radiation heats the core layers, the outer core reacts by producing ‘mantle plumes’, which causes crustal fracturing, which then causes earthquakes, volcanoes, heated oceans – all of which cools the outer core.

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This seemingly never-ending loop will continue until Earth will once again find its equilibrium. Until then, we can expect naturally occurring earth changing events, which will produce the loss of mass in some parts of the world, and emergence of mass in other parts. Maybe this is the time to change the things we can (attitude, environment, community, self, surroundings). I am always asked: “where is the safest place to live, when should I move.”

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My answer is never satisfying. I answer with: “It is more important to be around people who are supportive, in many ways who are like-minded. Because when you drill down to possible scenarios, no one can say with sufficient accuracy the what’s and where’s of coming events. However, it is true some areas are more at risk than others. My personal example is my desire to live in Seattle, I am aware of the risk, but I can think of no better place to live. It is a place that reflects my idea’s of community.

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Data from ESA’s Swarm satellites have shown the magnetic field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but new data reveals the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner.

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The Swarm satellites not only pick up signals coming from the Earth’s magnetic field, but also from its core, mantle, crust and oceans. Scientists at the ESA hope to use the data to make navigation systems that rely on the magnetic field, such as aircraft instruments become more accurate. It is also to improve earthquake predictions and pinpoint areas below the planet’s surface that are rich in natural resources. Scientists think fluctuations in the magnetic field could help identify where continental plates are shifting and help predict earthquakes.

 

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