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Where did the North Pole go?

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Next time you are late to work, you have a legitimate excuse to give your boss — you lost your way to the office because the poles are shifting.

According to reports, Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and scientists don’t know why. The planet’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia — driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. However, the reason for such a rapid shift is yet to be discovered.

The rapid moving of the pole has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts to update the World Magnetic Model (WMM) on January 30. The model describes the planet’s magnetic field and underlies all modern navigation — from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on your phones.

We were certainly not spoofing about your excuse to be late to work — the poles are really shifting. However, the changes are discernible only in the higher altitudes like the Arctic. For the rest of the world outside the Arctic, the shifts would go unnoticed.

The last update to the model (WWM2015) was released on December 15, 2014. The current magnetic field is based on that model that was to be updated after five years — on December 31, 2019. This is an unprecedented early update to the model........

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