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magnetic north

the direction in which a compass needle points, at an angle (the declination) from the direction of true (geographic) north

magnetic north

[mag′ned·ik ′nȯrth]
(geophysics)
At any point on the earth's surface, the horizontal direction of the earth's magnetic lines of force (direction of a magnetic meridian) toward the north magnetic pole; a particular direction indicated by the needle of a magnetic compass.

magnetic north

The direction indicated by the north-seeking pole of a freely suspended magnetic needle influenced only by the earth's magnetic field.
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The movement of the magnetic north pole "is pretty fast," Chulliat said.
The geomagnetic north and south poles also drift, but the reduced movement of the magnetic south pole dampens the movement of the geomagnetic north pole in comparison to the magnetic north pole.
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Minerals in 15-million-year-old rocks appear to preserve a moment when the magnetic north pole was rapidly on its way to becoming the south pole, and vice versa.
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Magnetic North Pole is heading for RussiaEarthAAEs north magnetic pole is moving fairly rapidlyAunearly 40 miles a yearAuin the direction of Russia, according to new research, and data points to a region of rapidly shifting magnetic activity on the surface of the EarthAAEs core.That in turn may be caused by a strange magnetic AoplumeAo originating from deeper inside the core, scientists say.