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Van Allen Belts - Related Geophysical Effects

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Related geophysical effects

The aurorae, in both northern and southern latitudes (northern and southern lights) at typical but widely fluctuating magnetic latitudes of about 67°, are one of the visible, widely observed manifestations of magnetospheric phenomena. Aurorae are not a direct product of the outer radiation belt but share the solar wind as the primary agent for their creation. Magnetic storms detected by the fluctuations of sensitive magnetic compasses are attributable to electrical currents in the outer radiation belt.


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