Magnetic Poles: Definition & Shifts


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At Earth's north magnetic pole, ______.

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1. The mechanism that generates Earth's magnetic field is called the ______.

2. Where in the planet is the magnetic field produced?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The strongest point of the magnetic field is called the magnetic pole. This quiz and worksheet will explore the implications of this fact with regard to the Earth's magnetic field. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding how a compass will react to the north magnetic pole as well as knowing the mechanism that generates Earth's magnetic field.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet cover the following:

  • The north magnetic pole
  • Mechanism that generates Earth's magnetic field
  • Where the magnetic field is produced
  • What happens to the magnetic poles over time
  • Difference between geomagnetic and magnetic poles

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding how a compass points to the north magnetic pole and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the mechanism that generates Earth's magnetic field
  • Distinguishing Differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as geomagnetic and magnetic poles

Additional Learning

The related lesson, Magnetic Poles: Definition and Shifts, will help you master this subject. To learn more about what allows just enough of the sun's energy in to let us live and not bake us, you should review this lesson. It will help you:

  • Identify what a magnetic pole is
  • Understand how Earth's magnetic field is generated
  • Describe how the earth's magnetic orientation differs from its geographical orientation
  • Explain the characteristics of the north and south magnetic poles
  • Appreciate why we may be approaching a magnetic reversal