Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Documentary on pole shift seems level-headed: "Magnetic Storm" by Duncan Hopp

I found a 52-minute documentary film, “Magnetic Storm: Pole Shift May Be Imminent, Please Educate Yourself”, directed by Duncan Hopp, posted by Sarah Livesey  in April 2011. The narrative style resembles that of a History Channel program. 

The film is quite level-headed.  It gives a basic background on how the Earth’s magnetic field works, and then gives a comparison with the tragic history of Mars.  Martian volcanic rocks show magnetism and evidence of a past field that failed because the planet’s core was too small and too cold. When the magnetic field of Mars failed, the solar wind gradually blew most of its atmosphere away so that today we have the almost airless, probably lifeless desert surface that is now familiar from Viking pictures.

Today, the Earth’s magnetic field emanates from the South magnetic pole and circulates back to the north, making the Earth one big electromagnet.  There is evidence that the field is weakening, and that a lessening of the field precedes a complete pole shift, which likely happened last 750000 years ago. 

A pole shift might happen gradually, resulting in a prolonged period of several weak magnetic poles (rather than just two), with much weaker protection of life on Earth from solar radiation, especially solar storms and coronal mass ejections (yesterday’s post).  It would not necessarily produce a physical cataclysm, although, as noted yesterday, it could become impossible to keep the power grid on.   There is already considerable evidence of great meandering and weakening of the south magnetic pole.

A scientist named Rob Coe shows evidence of past pole shifts in volcanic layers in Steam’s Mountain, on the East side of the Cascade Range in Oregon.

Here’s the basic link.

The idea of a pole shift forms the basis of the novel “The HAB Theory” by Allan W. Eckert, iUniverse, originally published in the 1970s.   

The Paramount 2003 film “The Core”, by John Amiel, was predicated on the failure of the Earth’s magnetic field and has explorers going to the center of the Earth, Jules Verne style, to reignite the core with nuclear explosives.  All pretty silly.  

Here’s a 4-minute video by “Survive Pole Shift”:

Wikipedia attribution link for NASA simulation of the Earth’s magnetic field, here

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