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RECENT STUDIES CONFIRM DALIONA'S MAGNETIC FIELD IS IN MIDDLE OF MAJOR POLAR REVERSAL, BUT AT FASTER-THAN-EXPECTED RATE

Mercedes Machus of the Dreiden Atmospheric Observation Facility says the flip is happening 20x faster than last predicted, and she's determined to find out why

by Aianna Kulakoi

Left: Daliona's magnetic field in 4200. Middle: Magnetic field now. Right: Magnetic field projected in 4400, at current reversal rate.

"Alarming."

   That's how Mercedes Machus, Director of the Dreiden Atmospheric Observation Facility on Bechi Island, describes the data her team collected in their most recent survey of Daliona's magnetic field.

   "These are changes on a scale no one alive today has experienced," she told Zenith. "I can't say I thought we'd ever record this high of an anomaly in my lifetime."

   Polar reversals are nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, the last reversal is said to have occurred less than fifty thousands years ago. As for how quickly reversals can happen, it's estimated they can 'snap,' flipping in a matter of months, or 'stretch,' taking decades or even centuries to completely reverse.

   "We, as a technology-based species, do not want a 'snap,'" Director    Machus     said.    "We

would see mass blackouts, cyclo failures, and stalling of FAST tracks. Even migratory species on Kiana would have a difficult time adjusting." She went on to reassure us, saying, "Fortunately, this particular reversal is not a snap. While it is shifting faster than we'd like, it will still take  another hundred years to flip completely."

   Sound bad? It is. Daliona seems committed to this reversal, which means we can start   expecting    to   see   both

weakened and strengthened patches of the field in the next couple decades, so more of the sun's radiation will be hitting sections of the planet.

   Now, since 99% of Daliona is covered by water, humans probably won't have to worry about the solar radiation's direct effects. That being said, there are a number of other consequences in store.

   "Radioactive oceans are our primary concern," said Director Machus. "Marine life living anywhere near  the  surface will

be killed off immediately, so we will concurrently see a spike of unfiltered CO2. That in itself could have devastating planet-wide effects."

   Director Machus' findings have prompted leading scientists to conduct their own research, the results of which we should begin to see by the end of next year. Conclusive data will help determine what -- if anything -- can be done to prevent a reversal, or at the very least, prepare for one in whatever way we can.

   "This is a subject we need to address as soon as we agree it is the true reality," Director Machus said. "We can't be like the Belvish. We can't ignore the situation until the last moment. Dalish society cannot afford that kind of negligence."

Artist's rendering of Daliona's magnetic field. The orange represents the foreshock of solar radiation from the sun, and the blue layers represent Daliona's magnetosphere.