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Aurora: Dancing lights at Magnetic Poles of Earth

I am wintering at Antarctica and it is a great feeling to be on top of the world, literally. The vast expanse of ice, the chilling and biting cold, and the prolonged night that spills into days and then into months, gives a surreal feeling of being in a place that is ‘out of this world’. The dancing lights further add to this mystique. The ‘painted curtains’ furling in the jaded polar nights add a dash of aura that surreptitiously brings one close to divinity.

WHY DO WE HAVE TO STUDY GEOMAGNETISM? (Part-I)

George Mallory, English mountaineer, exclaimed “because it is there” in response to a question why he wants to climb Mount Everest. This is the most obvious and simplistic answer.

Why do we need to study geomagnetism, can also elicit the same innocent response. I can recite thousands of ‘academic’ and ‘practical’ reasons though. The scientists, operative in the arena of geomagnetism, have written a huge number of tomes. They take this field very seriously!