10 False Facts We Still Believe in Because We Were Told So in School

8. The compass always points to the North Pole.

10 False Facts We Still Believe in Because We Were Told So in School

Could there be any doubt regarding the fact that one of the arrows on the compass always points north? And by saying north we mean the North Pole of the Earth. In reality, this is not true. The magnetic field of our planet didn’t always have the orientation from north to south like it does now. It has changed its direction at least 100 times within the last 160 million years.

As a result, the magnetic and geographical poles don’t match. Today, the magnetic North Pole is located on the Boothia Peninsula — it’s the northernmost point of Canada and the arrows of all compasses point toward it.

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