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USM geographers interviewed on WGME-TV about the shifting magnetic pole

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.