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WHEN EARTH’S MAGNETIC POLES CHANGE PLACES

INCE ITS DISCOVERY IN 1831, magnetic north has been quietly drifting across Arctic Canada. For 150 years, it wandered between 0km and 15km a year. But in the 1990s magnetic north took off. Within 30 years, the North Magnetic Pole had fled Canada and entered northern Siberia, travelling upwards of 50–60km a year. Today the South Magnetic Pole is found in the Southern Ocean at 64.081°S 135.866°E. But when Douglas Mawson reached what he

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