2098: "Magnetic Pole"

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2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby keithl » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:49 pm UTC

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Alt Text: People keep trying to come up with reasons that we should worry about the magnetic field collapsing or reversing, but honestly I think it's fine. Whatever minor problems it causes will be made up for by the mid-latitude auroras.

I worry that this will dissipate the inner van Allen belt before we get a chance to dissipate it ourselves, using thin sheets of orbiting material to change the pitch angle of all those energetic protons, and deflect them into the upper atmosphere at lower mid-latitudes. What a light show! Auroras are wasted over oceans, and at higher latitudes where it is too cold to spend all night watching them.

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Archgeek » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:29 pm UTC

I worry that one of the mini-poles that models indicate are liable to form during a reversal event (which go on for centuries, if I recall) will manifest under a major metropolitan area, funneling energetic particles near to surface level and increasing the rate of various cancers significantly.
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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby RogueCynic » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:38 pm UTC

I was going to make a snide remark about the poles reversing but was beaten to the punch. I guess I'll blame the drifting on global warming.
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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Flumble » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:56 pm UTC

I imagine the aurora is specks of vaporized Dalek. And inside the Earth's core there's a heavily time-dilated Doctor fuzzing and reversing the polarity, to protect us from adapted Daleks coming through.

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Heimhenge » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:13 pm UTC

Even during a field reversal there might be a residual field from the inner core that gives us some protection. This article a NatGeo speculates that core could be a "permanent magnet" of sorts ... like one giant crystal lattice with all the magnetic domains aligned:

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/core/

So the field reversals "recorded" on the magnetic tape of sea floor magma might have a constant bias underlying those reversals.

EDIT: I guess what it comes down to is "Despite the incontrovertible dipole flips in the geologic record, is there any evidence of increased radiation during those field transitions? It could show up as isotope spikes in ice cores ... the last flip was like 780,000 years ago, and the oldest ice cores go back 2.7 million years, but I couldn't find anything online correlating that idea.
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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:24 pm UTC

Heimhenge wrote:https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/core/

So the field reversals "recorded" on the magnetic tape of sea floor magma might have a constant bias underlying those reversals.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Core

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Archgeek » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:50 pm UTC

Heimhenge wrote:Even during a field reversal there might be a residual field from the inner core that gives us some protection. This article a NatGeo speculates that core could be a "permanent magnet" of sorts ... like one giant crystal lattice with all the magnetic domains aligned:

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/core/

So the field reversals "recorded" on the magnetic tape of sea floor magma might have a constant bias underlying those reversals.

Well I'm disappointed -- I was going to ask if the bias field meant the total field strength was greater in one polarity than the other, or if it was orthogonal; but then I read the article, which speculates nothing of the sort, asserting that the inner core's well above iron's Curie point and so cannot host a magnetic field of that type.

(Don't even get me started on how weird it is that a bunch of stationary dipoles pointing the same way can generate a macro-scale magnetic field in the first place...at least the dynamo field makes sense without the aid of tensors.)
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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Heimhenge » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:07 am UTC

Archgeek wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:Even during a field reversal there might be a residual field from the inner core that gives us some protection. This article a NatGeo speculates that core could be a "permanent magnet" of sorts ... like one giant crystal lattice with all the magnetic domains aligned:

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/core/

So the field reversals "recorded" on the magnetic tape of sea floor magma might have a constant bias underlying those reversals.

Well I'm disappointed -- I was going to ask if the bias field meant the total field strength was greater in one polarity than the other, or if it was orthogonal; but then I read the article, which speculates nothing of the sort, asserting that the inner core's well above iron's Curie point and so cannot host a magnetic field of that type.

(Don't even get me started on how weird it is that a bunch of stationary dipoles pointing the same way can generate a macro-scale magnetic field in the first place...at least the dynamo field makes sense without the aid of tensors.)


DOH! I cited the wrong article. My apologies. Been reading a lot about this. Curie point notwithstanding, there may be a ferromagnetic crystal there:

https://www.psc.edu/science/Cohen_Stix/cohen_stix.html

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby qvxb » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:47 am UTC

Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation.

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Rrhain » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:32 am UTC

Well, there is something we use regularly that is connected to the magnetic press: Airplane runways. Runway numbers are based upon the angle the runway makes with magnetic north. It helps the pilot know where the runway is.

When the poles shift, the runways have to be renumbered.

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby jonhaug » Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:43 am UTC

Am I the only one to worry for all the magnetoreceptive bacteria and pigeon babies who now cannot find their way back home (or wherever they are heading)? (What did happen to those last time?)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetoreception

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby da Doctah » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:47 pm UTC

qvxb wrote:Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation.

Alexander Graham Kowalski - inventor of the telephone Pole.

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Archgeek » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:26 pm UTC

Heimhenge wrote:
Archgeek wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:Even during a field reversal there might be a residual field from the inner core that gives us some protection. This article a NatGeo speculates that core could be a "permanent magnet" of sorts ... like one giant crystal lattice with all the magnetic domains aligned:

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/core/

So the field reversals "recorded" on the magnetic tape of sea floor magma might have a constant bias underlying those reversals.

Well I'm disappointed -- I was going to ask if the bias field meant the total field strength was greater in one polarity than the other, or if it was orthogonal; but then I read the article, which speculates nothing of the sort, asserting that the inner core's well above iron's Curie point and so cannot host a magnetic field of that type.

(Don't even get me started on how weird it is that a bunch of stationary dipoles pointing the same way can generate a macro-scale magnetic field in the first place...at least the dynamo field makes sense without the aid of tensors.)


DOH! I cited the wrong article. My apologies. Been reading a lot about this. Curie point notwithstanding, there may be a ferromagnetic crystal there:

https://www.psc.edu/science/Cohen_Stix/cohen_stix.html

Oh wow, aligned along the axis of rotation...so if there is a magnetic bias field, it's towards, oddly enough, true north or south. Neat.
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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby SuicideJunkie » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:42 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:
qvxb wrote:Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation.

Alexander Graham Kowalski - inventor of the telephone Pole.

Not to mention the honorable Sir Veigh, inventor of the Telephone Poll.

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby xtifr » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:50 pm UTC

jonhaug wrote:Am I the only one to worry for all the magnetoreceptive bacteria and pigeon babies who now cannot find their way back home (or wherever they are heading)? (What did happen to those last time?)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetoreception

/Jon

Yeah, that's my main concern. Ordinarily, it probably wouldn't that be a big of a deal, but we're sort of in the middle of a massive die-off anyway, and this is likely to be one more stress on an already overstressed ecosystem.

One of the biggest concerns is probably honey bees (which are already having plenty of problems, thank you very much). It may not be a big issue there, as they probably only care about relative directions, rather than absolute, so as long as they have a magnetic field, they may be ok, no matter which direction it points. But bees are pretty critical to a lot of things, so any risk there is one we should be taking seriously.

I'm also concerned about salmon, which are (among other things) a whole lot tastier than pigeons (IMO). They're also pretty important to certain ecosystems, as they carry huge amounts of tasty protein inland from the sea.
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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Heimhenge » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:50 pm UTC

Archgeek wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:
Archgeek wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:Even during a field reversal there might be a residual field from the inner core that gives us some protection. This article a NatGeo speculates that core could be a "permanent magnet" of sorts ... like one giant crystal lattice with all the magnetic domains aligned:

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/core/

So the field reversals "recorded" on the magnetic tape of sea floor magma might have a constant bias underlying those reversals.

Well I'm disappointed -- I was going to ask if the bias field meant the total field strength was greater in one polarity than the other, or if it was orthogonal; but then I read the article, which speculates nothing of the sort, asserting that the inner core's well above iron's Curie point and so cannot host a magnetic field of that type.

(Don't even get me started on how weird it is that a bunch of stationary dipoles pointing the same way can generate a macro-scale magnetic field in the first place...at least the dynamo field makes sense without the aid of tensors.)


DOH! I cited the wrong article. My apologies. Been reading a lot about this. Curie point notwithstanding, there may be a ferromagnetic crystal there:

https://www.psc.edu/science/Cohen_Stix/cohen_stix.html

Oh wow, aligned along the axis of rotation...so if there is a magnetic bias field, it's towards, oddly enough, true north or south. Neat.


Yeah, I thought that was totally sensible. The inner core had to be random at first, as it assembled during the "iron catastrophe". Then, over the eons, as the outer core churned above it, the inner core gradually picked up the average orientation of the outer core's field. Whenever the inner core actually solidified/crystallized, that would determine the polarity. Article wasn't clear about that detail though.

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby mathmannix » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:19 pm UTC

SuicideJunkie wrote:
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qvxb wrote:Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation.

Alexander Graham Kowalski - inventor of the telephone Pole.

Not to mention the honorable Sir Veigh, inventor of the Telephone Poll.

also, Fisher Price, inventor of the Telephone Pull...
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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:02 pm UTC

Got this far and nobody posted "Fucking Magnetic Poles: How Do They Work?"

Oh, well.

I'll award 2 DarkNets to anyone who can combine magnetic pole flip with a bobcat or a velociraptor
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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby xtifr » Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:59 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:I'll award 2 DarkNets to anyone who can combine magnetic pole flip with a bobcat or a velociraptor

I got nuthin' on bobcats, but I know of no reason not to think that velociraptors use magnetoreception, so the shifting of the poles could affect their migratory patterns, putting some of our cities at risk.
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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:04 am UTC

SuicideJunkie wrote:
da Doctah wrote:
qvxb wrote:Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation.

Alexander Graham Kowalski - inventor of the telephone Pole.

Not to mention the honorable Sir Veigh, inventor of the Telephone Poll.

Who served under Lord Duvall, master of ally Sir Veigh.

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Cougar Allen » Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:47 am UTC

Um ... so what happens to this single crystal permanent magnet when the Earth's magnetic field changes polarity? Does the whole inner core flip over? Does it flip polarity without physically moving? As far as I know the Earth's magnetic field has equal strength in both polarity modes.

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Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Postby Heimhenge » Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:38 pm UTC

Cougar Allen wrote:Um ... so what happens to this single crystal permanent magnet when the Earth's magnetic field changes polarity? Does the whole inner core flip over? Does it flip polarity without physically moving? As far as I know the Earth's magnetic field has equal strength in both polarity modes.


The (second) article I cited doesn't say, and I didn't follow up with any of its references. But I can't imagine the inner core/crystal flipping polarity ... don't see a mechanism for that to happen. Perhaps it just exerts a permanent bias on the overall field, which is far from symmetric. See this interesting thread over on StackExchange:

https://earthscience.stackexchange.com/ ... y-stronger

That said, I expect the larger part of Earth's field is generated by the outer core dynamo. And I think the inner core's field would be at least partly shielded by the largely ferromagnetic outer core.


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