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If you sailed near the south pole, what direction would your compass point? Even as far south as Antarctica-the continent that surrounds the south pole-compasses point to magnetic north. But at the magnetic south pole itself, a compass might spin freely. Or the needle might be so out of balance that it wouldn't even spin-it might get stuck up against the top of the case. The same thing would probably happen at the magnetic north pole, because, at the poles, a compass needle wants to point in a very specific direction-not north or south, but straight up and down-orienting itself along magnetic lines of force. The exact locations of the north and south magnetic pole move continually. The pole can move-hour-to-hour and day-to-day-by hundreds of meters. There are also larger, gradual changes in the Earth's magnetic field -Ð so you can't accurately correct compass headings or bearings using hundred-year-old navigation charts. Scientists have spent decades recording these variations-but as to why it happens. . . well, that question still hasn't been answered in detail. Written by NEW! Find related content with Sphere send-to-friend

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Q: Will a compass work at the south pole?
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How does a compass work at the south and north pole?

It depends on how good the compass is. I'd say it doesn't work.


Where in the world would a compass work the best?

south pole


South pole of a compass magnet points?

South pole of a compass magnet points the geo south of the earth.


Where does the south pole a compass magnet points?

The north of the compass points to Earth's magnetic south pole, which is to the north.


Why a compass is attracted by the north pole but not the south pole?

The compass needle is magnetic so has a north pole and a south pole. North attracts north and south attracts south so the compass needle points to the north pole (you could say it - the other end- points to the south pole too).


If there was a magnet beside a compass would the compass point to the north or south?

The north pole of the compass would point toward the south pole of the magnet.


The needle on a compass always point to what pole?

the needle of a compass points north and south pole


What way does the south pole of a compass point toward?

Except near the Earth's magnetic poles, the south pole of a compass points toward the south.


The south pole of the compass needle will be attracted to earths?

The south pole of the compass needle is attracted to the earth's magnetic north pole situated at the southern hemisphere of the earth.


Which describes how a compass works?

. The south magnetic pole of the compass points to Earth's north magnetic pole.


The south pole of a compass needle will be attracted to Earths?

North pole. The north pole of a compass needle has "S" on it, and the south pole of the needle has "N" on it. Opposites attract, similar poles repel.


Would a compass work at the South Pole?

No. The pull of the Magnetic South Pole will compromise your way-finding if you depend on a magnetic compass. Best practices dictate that you set your watch to sun time, and navigate using the sun.


What is at the Opposite end from the south pole is?

The answer to: What is at the opposite end of the South Pole is the North Pole. The correct answer is the North Pole. Think about the compass. South is at the bottom of the compass- (generally speaking here:) and to both sides of south are east and west so the answer simply must be the North Pole.


Why do the magnets of a compass attract to the north pole but the bars repel?

A compass will always point to the south pole of a magnet.


How to identified polarisation of magnet?

Use a compass. The north (-seeking) pole of the compass will be attracted to the south pole of the magnet.


Does a compass needle point to the north pole or the south pole?

Neither.A compass needle points to the magnetic north pole which is different to the geographical North Pole.


What pulls the South Pole of a magnetic compass?

The south pole of a magnetic compass is pulled towards the Earth's north magnetic pole, and away from Earth's south magnetic pole. Or towards and away the corresponding poles of any other magnet. Note that Earth's NORTH magnetic pole is close to the SOUTH pole.


Is the compass magnetic needle attracted to the south pole?

To the magnetic north pole


How did they find out that the north pole and south pole are magnetized?

By observing a compass needle.


The south pole of a compass magnet points toward?

magnetic north north pole =magnetic south


Where does a compass not point north?

When standing on the Magnetic North Pole, your compass will only South!


How can be find out the polarity of a magnet?

Use a compass. The needle of a compass will be attracted by a magnet's south pole, and repelled by a magnet's north pole.


What are the two poles of a magnet?

North pole and South pole. This can be easily identified using a compass. Be careful not to re-magnatize the compass.


How could magnetic rocks affect a compass and why?

In a regular magnetic compass, the needle is a magnet. One end is the south pole and the other end is the north pole. Magnets are affected by other magnets. If a magnet is placed near a magnetic compass, the north pole of the compass's needle is attracted by the south pole of the magnet, and the south pole of the compass's needle is attracted by the north pole of the magnet.


How do you identify the north and south pole of a magnet?

Use a compass. It's needle points to the south pole of a magnet.