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"Compasses do not always point north"

Compasses point south magnetic pole. At present, however it is almost 2,000 km from the geographic North Pole, located in the Queen Elizabeth Islands in Canada. We say now, because Earth's magnetic field moves considerably. Magnetic north pole is right at about 2500 km to the south geographic pole, located in the sea on the Atlantic Ocean towards Australia. Different distances are possible because the magnetic poles do not form in any way a straight axis. If you determine the focal point of the magnetic field is obtained so-called geomagnetic pole. Geomagnetic South Pole is in Thule – Greenland and is not taken into consideration by the compass. Moreover, the magnetic field can completely change the compass pointing south in this case. This phenomenon has occurred several times in Earth's evolution, but apparently had no significant consequences.
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