North Magnetic Pole Compass

Check your compass, Earth’s north magnetic pole is drifting from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia at such a quick pace that the change is forcing researchers to make an unprecedented early update to a model that helps navigation by ships, planes and submarines in the Arctic. Just so you don’t get confused, the geographic north pole is fixed, while the magnetic north pole — the north that your compass uses – is not. Read more for another video and additional information.



“The military depends on where magnetic north is for navigation and parachute drops, while NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Forest Service also use it. Airport runway names are based on their direction toward magnetic north and their names change when the poles moved. For example, the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska, renamed a runway 1L-19R to 2L-20R in 2009,” reports Herald Net.