From email@example.com Thu Jul 15 01:15:05 2004
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 00:49:35 -0500 (CDT)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rich Winkel)
Subject: NYT: COLLAPSE OF THE EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD ACCELERATES
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The collapse of the earth's magnetic field, which both guards the planet and guides many of its creatures, appears to have started in earnest about 150 years ago, the NY TIMES is planning to report on Page Ones Tuesday.
Science reporter Bill Broad has filed a report, according to newsroom
sources, which explores how:
The field's strength has waned 10
percent to 15 percent so far and this deterioration has accelerated of
late, increasing debate over whether it portends a reversal of the
lines of magnetic force that normally envelop the earth.
During a reversal, the main field weakens, almost
vanishes, and then reappears with opposite polarity. Afterward,
compass needles that normally point north would point south, and
during the thousands of years of transition much in the heavens and
Earth would go askew.
A reversal could knock out power grids, hurt
astronauts and satellites, widen atmospheric ozone holes, send polar
auroras flashing to the equator and confuse birds, fish and migratory
animals that rely on the steadiness of the magnetic field as a