A reversal in Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago triggered climate catastrophes and mass extinctions… And the field is flipping again!

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42,000 years ago Earth experienced “end of days” with climate catastrophes and mass extinctions… And the poles are currently flipping again…

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42,000 years ago Earth experienced “end of days” with mass extinctions. Picture: Zenobilis

The Earth’s magnetic field flipped about 42,000 years ago.This reversal caused major climate changes, electrical storms, and mass extinction of life. The so-called “Adams Event” also may have led to the demise of the Neanderthals and remarkable cave art.

About 42,000 years ago, Earth’s magnetic field broke down temporarily, according to a new study. This lead to environmental cataclysms and mass extinctions, including the demise of the Neanderthals. The dramatic period was a turning point in Earth’s history, claim the scientists, full of resplendent auroras, electrical storms, and strong cosmic radiation. These changes were caused by the reversal of the planet’s magnetic poles and variations in solar winds.

Amusingly, the researchers behind the international study called this period the “Adams Transitional Geomagnetic Event’ or simply “Adams Event.” The Adams they are referring to is the science fiction writer Douglas Adams, who famously wrote in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” that 42 was the answer to “the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”

Chris Turney, a professor at UNSW Sydney and co-leader of the study, remarked that their study was the first “to precisely date the timing and environmental impacts of the last magnetic pole switch.

Interestingly, their discovery was aided by ancient New Zealand kauri trees, which have been sitting preserved in sediments for more than 40,000 years.

Using the ancient trees we could measure, and date, the spike in atmospheric radiocarbon levels caused by the collapse of Earth’s magnetic field,” said Turney.

What the trees helped the scientists understand were the effects of the magnetic pole switch, which was already known as “The Laschamps Excursion.” Using radiocarbon dating to analyze the kauri tree rings, they could gauge how the planet’s atmosphere changed.

The study’s co-lead Professor Alan Cooper, Honorary Researcher at the South Australian Museum, highlighted the significance of the ancient trees to their work.

The kauri trees are like the Rosetta Stone, helping us tie together records of environmental change in caves, ice cores and peat bogs around the world,” explained Cooper.

Using the trees, the researchers were able to create global climate models that showed how the growth of ice sheets and glaciers across North America, differences in wind belts and tropical systems, and even the extinction of Neanderthals could all be linked to the climate changes brought on by the Adams Event.

Earth’s magnetic field dropped to only 0-6 per cent strength during the Adams Event,” pointed out Professor Turney. “We essentially had no magnetic field at all – our cosmic radiation shield was totally gone.

According to the researchers, another fascinating consequence of the Adams Event is that early humans would have been both inspired and terrified by the amazing auroras seen in the sky, brought on by the magnetic field fluctuations. “It must have seemed like the end of days,” said Cooper.

He also supposes that the calamities would have forced our ancestors into the caves, leading to the amazing cave art that came about approximately 42,000 years ago.

Could such a magnetic pole reversal happen today?

Professor Cooper thinks there are some indications like the weakening of the field by 9 percent over the past 170 years that tells us a reversal is underway.

If a similar event happened today, the consequences would be huge for modern society,” shared Cooper. “Incoming cosmic radiation would destroy our electric power grids and satellite networks... And probably kill everything on Earth…”

Check out the study published in UNSW and Science. via [BigThink]

Learn more about poleshift in this interesting book

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Does this mean I won’t be able to evolve into my final Superman personna? Dang! I was looking sooo forward to that fine day. If I can’t be Superman, then what can I be, a partridge in a pear tree? I don’t like pears.

  2. Vancouver BC
    lots of birds ( but my mom 20 min east seriously comments specifically, almost daily, on the lack of birds
    insects, cant really say. Definitely some

    News reports of more than normal coyotes, skunks, raccoons

    fully believe in fukushima radiation killoff, but here should be majorly affected but dont really see it (yet)

    maybe less bugs- ants, bees, flies, etc
    not sure

    • I do. Picked up a horny toad, so my dog wouldn’t eat him. Other lizard babies are running around killinshit 2.
      Like bugs.
      Birds are building nests in barn. Same thing every year. Pretty soon snakes come out. First few hot days in May usually up here.

  3. Again with the media’s attempt to hide the whereabouts of those Neanderthals. Those critters never went extinct, please stop re enforcing the myth of their demise. The Neanderthals survived and continue to walk around. You see them on the MSM “news”, see em anywhere there is trouble on earth, you see em continue to harm people today, see em as ceo of Pfizer ,pusher of a vaxx that harms. If anyone was hurt 42000 years ago it was H Sapiens who almost went extinct about then.

  4. I wonder what will happen to my rare earth magnets holding up some heavy copper pots. I guess when they fall, I know all hell will break loose.

  5. Bologna. The earth is just over 6000, almost 7000 years old. The LORD created a mature earth just as He created a mature man.

  6. My first question is: How do they know there was a magnetic reversal all those years ago if they lacked the science and the instruments to observe and record it? My second question is: How do we even know if our current instruments are accurately measuring our magnetic atmosphere? My third question is: How were these instruments created, tested and calibrated? Just curious.

  7. Radio carbon dating has been excused as any form in determining the age of fossils. If you study how they do radiocarbon dating, you would find how inaccurate it really is. They use radiation, to flash decay, if you will, in order to break down the skeletal carbon structure, and determine what age the fossil is, it is so inaccurate, you can measure one part of the fossil, and measure the decay rate of the same fossil,but from a different section, and you will get conflicting results, EVERYTIME! The earth really is not that old, that is a BIG lie! As far as a pole-shift is concerned, I agree with. The bible talks about the earth wobbling to an fro, and I believe this is a pole-shift. I’m sure this has happened before, possibly when the great flood happened, only 4,000 years ago!

  8. Th Earth’s magnetic field flips every 12,068 years based on the geologic record. It is due to flip again within approx. 25 years.

  9. Actually the earth’s magnetic field is probably down by more than 20% This is causing all the jetstream madness lately.

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