Mon February 27, 2012 By: Siddhartha Basuroy

where on earth is angle of dip maximum?in which direction will a compass needle allign itself at the poles

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Mon February 27, 2012
Angle of dip is maximum at the poles.  A compass needle points to the north because it is the N pole of the compass and is attracted by the S pole of the earth. This does not mean that there is actually a magnet as such inside the earth. Rather, an electric current in the earth generates a magnetic field. If we hold a compass when we are near the North Pole, the N needle of the compass will try to point straight to the ground.
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