TapPoles apart

By convention, the ends of a magnet are labelled North & South to reflect the direction they point when it is freely suspended. The magnetic field of the earth can be likened to a big bar magnet.

Question: Approximately where would the North pole of this magnet be located.

Answer: Somewhere in the Antarctic. Yes, it was a trick question! Unlike poles attract; like poles repel; so for the North pole of a compass needle to point North, it must be attracted by a South magnetic pole somewhere on the Arctic ice sheet north of Canada (about 7 degrees away from the True North Pole.)

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