The Earth’s magnetic poles are shifting — and quickly.
However, they’re not moving enough to make a noticable difference for most people, USM professors Matthew Edney and Matthew Bampton told WGME-TV.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released it's "World Magnetic Model," portraying a pole that is moving about 34 miles a year.
"It's moving much more rapidly now than it has before and consequently all of our calculations about where magnetic declination lie have to change," Bampton, a professor of Geography, told the TV station.
Smart phones and other GPS-enabled devices are unaffected by magnetic north.
One of the few places the change might be noticable is in northern Alaska, said Edney, a professor of Geography and the Osher Professor in the History of Cartography.
"If you're relying on a compass in those places, you just have to be a bit more careful," USM Cartography Professor Dr. Matthew Edney said.