Category Archives: Earth’s magnetic field

All about the Earth’s magnetic field

A view of Earth from space

The Earth behaves like one large magnet; we know this for certain because of the visible effects on a magnetic compass by the Earth’s magnetic field. In 1600 William Gilbert was the first physician to publish his findings on the Earth’s magnetic field and a hypothesis for its origin in his book titled de Magnete.

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Animal magnetism – Nature’s own satellite navigation system

Migrating sea turtle swimming

The Earth produces its own magnetic field, which emanates from its magnetic inner iron core. On the Earth’s surface the magnetic field is extremely weak compared to the permanent magnets used in many every day appliances. At the magnetic poles the Earth’s magnetic field is approximately 0.7 Gauss compared to the Gauss value of a relatively small 10mm diameter x 5mm thick N42 neodymium magnet which can reach 5100 Gauss.

It is this magnetic field that makes a compass point north but for many species, the Earth’s magnetic field has a much more profound role…

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