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In this activity students plot the latitude and longitude involved in the movement of the Magnetic North Pole over a period of time, predict its location by the year 2000, and justify their reasoning. Students will discover that the Magnetic North Pole has been charted over the past several hundred years and that the pole shifts an average of 15 kilometers/year. They will also learn tha navigation by compass is especially difficult during a magnetic storm. Compass bearings can shift by 10 degrees or more within the course of a few hours, therefore, it is important to know the pole's present location. During the activity, students will use a formula to calculate the speed of the Magnetic North Pole and will conclude that the Magnetic North Pole moves from year to year.
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