Experts made a shocking discovery – the Earth’s magnetic field is reportedly weakening, and this has immediate effects.
The magnetic field is extremely vital for life on Earth because it shields us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that are emitted from the Sun.
There’s a large region where magnetic intensity has been reduced, and it’s been observed between Africa and South America, and it’s called the South Atlantic Anomaly. This formed a center of a minimum intensity in just five years.
Researchers speculate that the weakening is a sign that Earth is heading to a pole reversal – this happened again about 780,000 years ago.
The anomaly is wreaking havoc on satellites and more spacecraft that’s flying through the area – all these have been experiencing technical malfunctions.
If the poles are in the process of reversing, Daily Mail notes that this will be happening over thousands of years, according to experts who say that it’s unlikely the field to completely disappear.
Birds, turtles and more will be impacted by the magnetic field reversal
The biggest impact of a magnetic field reversal will be on the birds, turtles, and more animals that are using the field to navigate.
North on a compass will be pointing to Antarctica rather than Canada. This discovery was made by a team at the European Space Agency (ESA) who got the data from the agency’s Swarm constellation – this is a cluster of satellites.
ESA has been studying the magnetic field since the end of 2013 according to the reports coming from the same online publication mentioned above.
This mission involves three identical satellites that offer high-quality measurements of field in three different orbital planes.
Daily Mail writes that Jürgen Matzka, from the German Research Center for Geosciences, said the following: “The new, eastern minimum of the South Atlantic Anomaly has appeared over the last decade and in recent years is developing vigorously.”