The circle of life and the circle around our home planet go hand in hand in many ways. That circle is known as a magnetic force field, or a magnetosphere. Without it, there could not be life on Earth. This protective, magnetic layer that extends out into the atmosphere, deflects harmful particles and rays, and is the singular distinction between Earth and other planets like Mars (which is now recognized as a dead planet). This force field is approximated 3,450 million years old, but just because it’s existed for so long doesn’t mean that it’s always been stable.
Throughout history, flipping magnetic poles have caused unfathomable turmoil to the world. Negative effects of magnetic shifting range from unlivable weather to blackouts and extinction. Unlike other scientific predictions, such events are not hypothetical scenarios. They’re events that have already happened in the past and might even be doomed to repeat. Scholars of the Ice Age and the Mesozoic Era have learned through fossils the startling consequences of the weakening of our planet’s magnetic force field and how this erosion can give way to detrimental shifting. The rest of us are playing catch up.
So, what are the Earth’s magnetic poles and what happens if our magnetic poles flip? The answer will surely shock and astonish you.
Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Flipping 10 Times Faster Than Scientists Initially Projected
Magnetic pole shifts are not exactly new to history. Scientists have been well aware of them and their correlation to devastating natural events for some time. However, until recently, this impending danger has been thought of as a bridge to be crossed millenniums from now. Little did we know they’re already in motion. They’re flipping at an accelerated rate which is 10 times faster than scientific projections.
This is the equivalent to a bomb that appears to be going off in 24 years that suddenly changes to go off in 24 hours.
These Poles Are A Compass For Everything That Breathes
A “pole” isn’t just some mystical place where fictional characters build toys for children. In reality, the North and South poles are extremely important. These poles serve as a compass for humans and animals alike. They direct the skies through the process of migration. Our cellular service depends upon them, as does our internal atlas. If they suddenly shift, so will our balance and the end result is misdirection and confusion.
If The Poles Flip, The World Literally Turns Upside-Down
Just so we’re clear on the impending danger, a shift in the magnetic poles isn’t something subtle that would likely go unnoticed. When scientists say off-balance, they’re talking a full circle, 180-degree change where everything familiar is turned upside down and not in a cool, fictional, Stranger Things sort of way, either. How do we know this, you might be wondering. Simple. It’s happened before.
Geomagnetic Pole Reversal Either Contributed To Or Caused The Ice Age
Exactly what causes Ice Ages is yet to be conclusively determined. Throughout history, there have been at least five major Ice Age events that led to mass planetary extinction. What is certain is that approximately 40,000 years ago, during the most recently known and arguably the most well-documented and well-researched Ice Age, South was North and North was South. This conclusion was evidenced through the study of the magnetization of ancient Black Sea sediments.
Pole Shifts Could Give Rise To A Super Volcando
A look back at the last major pole shift – called the Laschamp Event, wherein radioactive ice sheets floated over our planet’s fragile surface – links the magnetic force field shift with yet another catastrophe, a super volcano. This volcano was the largest and most deadly of its kind to the best of our scientific knowledge. It spawned via an outer space collision wherein high energy protons spewed out of the sky and pretty much melted everything because the magnetic field was weakened.
Mars Died When Its Magnetic Field Died
Everything dies – even planets and stars. And Mars is no exception.
Mars is the most habitable planet scientists are aware of at this point in time. It contains many Earth-like features that would make it ideal for beings. It is said that Mars once contained oceans, greenery, and probably life but all of that changed when its magnetic field died, an event that happened gradually and naturally. Today the dead planet more likely than not contains no sustainable life.
Three Of Every Four Species Died Off In The Last Polar Switch
While homo sapiens appear to have survived, and maybe even evolved, during the harsh conditions of the Pleistocene Epoch, approximately three quarters of the rest of Earth’s wildlife tragically died out. Among them are the wooly mammoth, saber tooth tigers and, of course, dinosaurs, but it wasn’t people that killed them. According to LiveScience, the culprit was an unidentified, extraterrestrial object that breached the planet’s atmosphere by drifting through a weak spot in the magnetic field at a time when the field was vulnerable due to magnetic shifting.
The Weakest Sections Of The Magnetic Field Hover Over The Americas, The UK, and Russia
Since the weakest regions in the future will be those lacking magnetosphere protection, it might be useful to know exactly where they are. As of late, the Western Hemisphere contains the weakest sections. These conditions are subject to change at any given moment though, since much of today’s conditions contradict previous scientific expectations.
Mass Extinction Of Animals And Humans Could Be On The Horizon
With this magnetic field serving as the measuring stick for instinctive animals to migrate, there is no doubt that life without it would be off kilter, at least for a little while. There are several theories related to such consequences. What’s even scarier is that it’s possible, based on various studies, that Earth is already mid pole flip and that the critical endangerment and mass extinction currently happening have less to do with human interference and more to do with the rotation of Earth’s magnets.
Thus far, we’ve seen the critical endangerment of vital insects like moths and bees. Earth completely lost the Tasmanian tiger, the heath hen, and the Baiji dolphin.
We Could All Just Run Out Of Oxygen
Yong Wei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has recently proposed a very convincing theory that explains mass extinction based on oxygen depletion. In his acclaimed study, he attributed geomagnetic reversal, aka pole shifts, to the loss of approximately 218 trillion tons of oxygen. In a domino-like effect, this depletion is said to have then wiped out 97 percent of life on this planet.
Crazy, Insane Weather Could Also Cause Global Turbulence
Even if the magnetosphere is new to you, you’ve probably heard of the ozone layer and are somewhat familiar with global warming. So, as a direct result of the weakening of our protective magnetic field, the North Pole is drifting out towards Greenland, making for some rather, shall we say, interesting weather. While summer in February and blizzards in June are clearly trending, a closer look at the wacky weather implies more intense conditions are waiting in the winds. It could be just a matter of time before tidal waves, tsunamis, and earthquakes multiply in their occurrences and levels of severity. What we really need to be watching out for, though, are the solar winds. They’re deadly enough to rip holes through our ozone layer, effectively peeling away two layers of protection simultaneously.
These Conditions Could Lead To Increased Levels Of Cancer And Other Diseases
The weakening of the field as it makes way for a pole shift combined with excess vulnerability and ozone layer damage could mean an even bigger surge in cancer. If we’re already amidst a pole shift, this could explain the rate of cancer we’re currently witnessing today and why, despite our efforts, we haven’t succeeded in kicking the disease. As the field further depletes, humans will all be exposed to excess ultraviolet rays which cause cancer. They might even be responsible for other diseases yet to be discover.
Solar Winds Could Cause A Global Blackout
Another doomsday-esque scenario predicted by authors and researchers comes in the form of a dark night. If stripped of an atmosphere, Earth cannot block solar winds that occur in space. These are common occurrences on the surface of planets without atmospheres – like Mars – but for Earth, these could cause extremely damaging effects.
A global blackout caused by the rippling of solar winds could knock out power grids worldwide. And not like a power outage during a storm – these outages could last weeks, months, and even years. If that occurs, mankind would be reduced back to a pre-technological time.
Loss Of Modern Tech Is Yet Another Terrifying Possibility
It’s scary to think of how much humans rely on smartphones, computers, and Wi-Fi connections. The harsh reality is that if the magnetosphere becomes too weak, it won’t power any of these things. The loss of modern tech wouldn’t just mean losing the phone numbers you stopped bothering to memorize. It would mean an irreparable economic crash. A world without banking, libraries, running cars, running water, electricity, radio signals; the list really does go on and on.
When The Poles Do Switch, It Will Last At Least A Few Hundred Years
Scientists continue to insist that pole changes are the relative norm for the planet. Even if their effects are detrimental, they won’t last very long.
So how long is not very long in this case? Somewhere between 200 and 400 years. Admittedly, this is a short time compared to the planet’s lifespan, but it’s pretty long compared to our lifespan – especially when the shift is set to happen in our lifetime.
It’s Possible Nothing Will Happen At All
Here’s the kicker. Now that all the talk of Ice Ages and global blackouts, of cancers and technologically disadvantaged communities has emerged, there’s another possibility that’s yet to be explored. According to scientific research, the magnetic pole shift in question is already at least 100,000 years overdue. So it’s just as possible that it simply won’t happen at all. This is some food for thought that you might want to consider now that you’ve mentally and maybe even physical prepped for Magnetosphere Doomsday.