The sun’s output has been weakening over the past decade and so has the Earth’s magnetic field. What’s in store for Earth-dwellers?
The ever-changing conditions of Earth have put a strain on life for eons. It’s the duality in which we live on planet Earth. The Yin and Yang. It’s what makes us feel so alive. However, scientists have recently discovered an abrupt change in planetary conditions that led to the extinction of the Neanderthal.
The Eurasian Homo neanderthalensis suffered their fate when a major downtick in solar activity occurred around 42,000 years ago. Scientists believe, during that period the Earth’s magnetic field weakened to a point in which the magnetic pole flipped. As a result, the reversal and decline in solar activity triggered extremely cold and unforgiving weather conditions across the surface of the planet. The severe cold weather ultimately led to an extinction-level event for the Neanderthal.
Additionally, researchers found that radioactive isotopes accumulated in the atmosphere during the period of weakening. Especially carbon-14.
Interestingly enough, Science Magazine points out in a piece titled Reversing the field how researchers scoured the rings of New Zealand swamp kauri trees for evidence of the radioactive isotope. An excerpt from the work details how “the authors modeled the consequences of this event and concluded that the geomagnetic field minimum caused substantial changes in atmospheric ozone concentration that drove synchronous global climate and environmental shifts.”
With that, we have to question: what’s in store for our future on Earth? What’s lurking down the primrose path?
Our Future on Planet Earth
Scientific evidence shows that the sun is once again reaching a minimum. The cycle started in 2020 and could continue into 2052.
Magnetic anomalies have already started to occur on Earth and some fear the anomalies may get worse. The Earth’s magnetic pole has been shifting toward Russia over the past several years at an unprecedented rate.
Several centuries ago, the Earth’s magnetic pole was firmly anchored over the Canadian Arctic. However, over the past 100 years, the magnetic pole has been situated closer to ‘true north.’
Forbes reports: “Around 2001 its movement began to accelerate, and by 2019 magnetic north had actually moved all the way north, crossed the International Date Line, and began traveling south on the other side of the globe toward Siberia.”
The magnetic pole is expected to continue to drift over the next decade a distance of about 400 miles. All of this could lead to the total and complete failure of Global Positioning Systems worldwide.
Not to mention, the Earth’s magnetosphere has been going haywire. It’s been weakening and scientists don’t know why.
“In an area stretching from Africa to South America, Earth’s magnetic field is gradually weakening,” the European Space Agency reports. “This strange behavior has geophysicists puzzled and is causing technical disturbances in satellites orbiting Earth.”
“Earth’s magnetic field is vital to life on our planet,” the agency writes. “It is a complex and dynamic force that protects us from cosmic radiation and charged particles from the Sun.”
Withal, one has to consider that what happened 42,000 years ago to the Neanderthal may be happening again which within itself is a good reason to be prepared.
And don’t forget, it can often be tough dealing with friends and family who don’t prep. So, be ready to talk with them and make it clear that you can’t be their emergency supply. Remember to always make sure and stockpile a little extra.