magnetic field of the earth

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magnetic field of the Earth definition


The magnetic field (see magnetism) that surrounds and permeates the Earth. It is the presence of this field that causes compass needles to line up in a north-south direction. The origin of the Earth's magnetic field is poorly understood at the present time.

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