A reversal of the magnetic poles is long overdue, warn scientists.
The earth completely switches its magnetic poles a few times every million years. The last reversal, the Brunhes-Matuyama, occurred 780,000 years ago. Scientists, therefore, calculate that the next one is imminent.
Of course, this conjures up panic in many people’s imaginations. What will life be like when it happens? To find out, scientists study what happened when it occurred previously. 780,000 years ago, the thriving flora and fauna on our planet showed no signs of distress during the reversal. Scientists are therefore more than certain that humanity would survive.
Would the effect on modern humans be more likely to impact our lifestyles?
What would be the magnetic pole reversal effects on humans? Would we lose all of our technology? To what degree is not fully known by scientists. It would most likely affect the animals of our planet that have magnetoreception. Migratory patterns of many birds and whales may become interrupted.
Effects upon our lives would likely be gradual. The duration of time it takes for the magnetic poles to complete a process of reversal can take between 1,000 – 10,000 years. To find out what consequences this pole reversal would have on our lives, we need to know what it is, and is not.
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