Earth’s North Magnetic Pole has moved nearly 660 miles out into the Arctic Ocean and the pole could shift from Canada to Siberia, Russia.

However, the shift would occur in the next 50 years and the rapid movement of the magnetic pole doesn’t necessarily mean the planet is going through a large-scale change says Oregon State University paleomagnetist Joseph Stoner.

Stoner examined sediments — magnetic particles called magnetite — that record the Earth’s magnetic field at the time they were deposited. Using carbon dating and other technologies the scientists can determine approximately when the sediments were deposited and track changes in the magnetic field.

This may be part of a normal oscillation and it will eventually migrate back toward Canada, said Stoner. There is a lot of variability in its movement.

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