Earth's magnetic environment
Martin Rother/GFZ Research Centre for Geosciences

Earth's magnetic environment

Visualization of the Earth’s magnetic environment, with the magnetic field as a protective shield, generated by the strong internal magnetic field in the Earth’s core. Shown is the magnetosphere close around the Earth, capable of trapping energetic particles in the Earth’s Van Allen Radiation Belts. The magnetic field lines are depicted by blue ribbons twisted in space, while the most energetic electrons are partly exposed by cutting through the surfaces of constant flux intensity.
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