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Name: Gary
Status: Educator
Grade: 9-12
Location: MT
Country: United States
Date: July 2008

Over the past several years of teaching earth science I have a had a reoccurring question come up. Is there any correlation to the solar winds and Earth's magnetic pole shifting?

If by shift, you mean the geomagnetic reversal, where north and south poles exchange position, there is no relationship. Earth's magnetic field is generated deep within the Earth far beyond any solar wind effects. One question that is germane is; what happens when the geomagnetic field drops to zero? Then there is no magnetic field shielding us from high energy particles in space whatever their origin. Yet, to my knowledge no has yet found a correlation between reversals and changes in the fossil record.

Bob Avakian

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