Movement of North Pole Accelerates

Just in time for Christmas, [*Scientific American* reported][sa] on some recent research that speculates about why the movement of the North Pole has recently accelerated from its its usual speed of 15 kilometers per year to 55 kilometers per year: some scientists are speculating it could be a function of magnetic plumes emanating from the core — one imagines something like solar flares but instead of it happening in space it is occurring within the dense field of liquid rock.

For those who are curious, the north magnetic pole (NMP) was first located in 1831 on Canada’s Boothia Peninsular. It drifted for a while before bolting north-northwest for Siberia.

[sa]: http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=why-is-the-north-magnetic-pole-raci-2010-12-24