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Over the course of millions of years, the Earth's magnetic field can reverse, so that compasses point south rather than north.
There has been plenty of speculation that we're heading for another such event quite soon.
This will happen at the time a magnetite particle in a sediment or volcanic ash comes to rest, or in a lava (hot volcanic rock) as it cools to 500°C.
Once the sediment layer is deposited and buried, or the lava flow has cooled below 500°C, the direction of the earth’s magnetic field as recorded by magnetite grains in these rocks cannot usually be changed by subsequent geological events (except for metamorphism—the process of changes to rock under the influence of elevated pressures and temperatures), even if the direction of the earth’s magnetic field has subsequently changed.
This magnetism in the rocks is thus in essence ‘fossilised’, and so is usually called palaeomagnetism.
The existence of this palaeomagnetism in the rocks has claimed a lot of attention since the 1960s.
Iron also occurs in many types of rocks, not usually in its metallic form, but as an oxide mineral called magnetite, which as the name suggests is magnetic.
Just as all the molecules in the compass needle align themselves along the earth’s magnetic field, so do the molecules in the magnetite grains in rocks.
It may fall to 10% of the present-day strength and have magnetic poles at the equator or even the simultaneous existence of multiple “north” and “south” magnetic poles.While one study estimated change measured in degrees of the claim that the last reversal, known as the Brunhes-Mutuyama event, happened in under a century represents a challenge to orthodoxy.The authors, including Berkeley graduate student Courtney Sprain and her supervisor Professor Paul Renne, are not the first to suggest the last flip was unusually fast, but Sprain says the evidence they have found in the Suilmona Basin, east of Rome, is very clear. This is one of the best records we have so far of what happens during a reversal and how quickly these reversals can happen,” says Sprain.Now evidence suggests that the last such event happened much faster than previously thought – suggesting the next one could too.The records of these events, known as geomagnetic reversals, is written in magnetized volcanic rocks that maintain the polarisation of the Earth's field at the time they cooled.