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27 February 2019 – Mini Lava Cave Exhibition

A mini version of the very popular Into The Underworld lava cave exhibition is returning, this time to Cornwall Park. A subset of the stunning illuminated lava cave images shown at Silo 6 (twice!) will be displayed in Huia Lodge from 9 March to 7 April 2019.

Huia Lodge is open 10 am to 4 pm daily. For more information see cornwallpark.co.nz/whats-on/exhibition-intotheunderworld.

11 February 2019 – Heroic Garden Festival

The Heroic Garden Festival is on this coming weekend, 16-17 Feb. There are a whole lot of interesting gardens across Auckland that can be visited, and even one garden that features a cave.

I'll be keeping cool in the cave for some of the weekend, explaining to visitors how lava caves form and how many there are around Auckland. Buy a ticket, support Mercy Hospice, and descend into the Underworld!

5 February 2019 – Magnetic north pole on the move

Since 1831 when the magnetic north pole was first located in northern Canada, it has been on the move northward. It's been a slow journey, and in the mid 1900s it was only moving at about 11 km per year. However, in the last decade or so the rate at which it's moving has greatly increased, and it's now racing at about 55 km per year. That's fast enough that a new World Magnetic Model has just been released, a year earlier than its normal five-yearly update.

To make it more interesting, no one is quite sure why it's happening. One idea is that there are two magnetic field patches – one in northern Canada and one in northern Russia – that vie with each other to determine the location of the north magnetic pole. The Canadian patch has apparently recently been getting weaker, meaning the resulting magnetic pole position is heading quickly toward Russia, and crossed the international dateline at the end of 2017. To make it even more interesting, the location of the south magnetic pole has not moved much at all. See this National Geographic article for more info.

To be clear, the "north" in what I've been calling the north magnetic pole is a geographic reference, and magnetically it's actually a south magnetic pole. That's why the north end of a compass needle (the pointy end) is attracted to it.

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