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The North Poles are moving. There are two North Poles: the geographic and the magnetic. The geographic one is the axis of rotation, the axis around which the planet spins creating days and nights. It’s moving, but slowly, about 9 meters every 433 days. The magnetic one is equally important, typically much more mobile, and is accelerating. The magnetic North Pole is currently moving at 55 kilometers per year. Shifts in the magnetic field affect compasses, which can be trouble to humans. The larger problem can be an instability in the magnetosphere, the magnetic field that protects the planet from solar storms and cosmic rays. Shifts can also affect wildlife migration patterns, as if the wildlife didn’t have enough trouble dealing with shifts in climate. Combined with a possible shift in the South Pole, this hints at major shifts within the geology of the planet that will affect life and civilizations on Earth, but in ways we probably can’t predict. Weaker, stronger, or simply shifting, this is a natural phenomenon that extends beyond the planet’s atmosphere, and we don’t really know what’s going on. Hold on.

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