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Scientists Find Hole In Earth's Magnetic Field

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the better-tan dept.

Earth 200

Velorium writes "The Earth's magnetic field has been found to have two large holes that are making Earth's surface vulnerable to solar winds. Despite what scientists originally thought, these holes allow 20 times the normal amount of solar particles through when they are facing away from the sun. This is the opposite of what the scientists had first speculated."

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1st Comment! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26155469)

1st comment!

Re:1st Comment! (3, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155577)

[citation needed]

Re:1st Comment! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156065)

Was that a 'first joke'?

Re:1st Comment! (4, Funny)

Megatog615 (1019306) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156101)

Apparently the holes let "first post"-ers through as well.

The price of aluminum will skyrocket... (5, Funny)

fucket (1256188) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155515)

...as the demand for tinfoil hats reaches an all-time high.

Re:The price of aluminum will skyrocket... (5, Interesting)

MarkRose (820682) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155643)

Which is somewhat ironic, because the usual way of smelting aluminum generates incredibly big magnetic fields as part of the electrolysis process. I took a tour through a facility once, and there was no limit to the number of paper clips you could stack end-to-end on the tour bus while in the plant. Pretty neat.

ironic in the Alanis Morissette sense (5, Funny)

Gary W. Longsine (124661) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155937)

Like when you want to post to Slashdot, but all you have is a Nomad.

probably need lead, instead (4, Funny)

Gary W. Longsine (124661) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155923)

Hrm... tinfoil might not be good enough... might even be counter productive. The high energy particles that smack into something in the tin foil would probably generate a spray of secondary particles, all of which would be more likely to smack into something in your brain than the original particle (which would be more likely to pass right through your "me-jelly").

Re:The price of aluminum will skyrocket... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156503)

Uhh, shouldn't that be the price of TIN?

Re:The price of aluminum will skyrocket... (2, Insightful)

x1n933k (966581) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156775)

Nay,

The common household name for Aluminum wrap or foil is 'tinfoil'. Regardless of what it is made of. Blame the baby boomers.

[J]

I saw this in "The Core" (4, Funny)

YesIAmAScript (886271) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155525)

A bright shaft of light is going to sneak through the hole in the field and melt the Golden Gate Bridge. Just you wait.

At least we can be safe at night. ...Probably...

Re:I saw this in "The Core" (4, Funny)

Knave75 (894961) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155607)

Never fear, scientists have almost perfected the synthesis of "unobtainium"

Re:I saw this in "The Core" (1)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155893)

I hear that shit can blast right through cobalt... exactly once.

Re:I saw this in "The Core" (5, Funny)

supernova_hq (1014429) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155687)

At least we can be safe at night.

...these holes allow 20 times the normal amount of solar particles through when they are facing away from the sun

Well, so much for being safe at night...

Re:You're wrong.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26155763)

It's the location of the island on LOST. Soon we'll be able to travel in time.

Now, does anyone have a submarine?

Re:I saw this in "The Core" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156481)

ironically i happen to be watching this movie in my physics class right now (high school) :)

Re:I saw this in "The Core" (2, Funny)

julesh (229690) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157175)

A bright shaft of light is going to sneak through the hole in the field and melt the Golden Gate Bridge. Just you wait.

It's the attack of the killer pigeons I'm worried about. Everybody should get out of urban areas and stock up on shotgun shells now, just in case.

Re:I saw this in "The Core" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26157585)

But, they mostly come at night... mostly

Re:I saw this in "The Core" (4, Funny)

weber (36246) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157597)

At least we can be safe at night. ...Probably...

They mostly come at night... mostly...

Hmmm.... (2, Funny)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155527)

If global warming is presumably caused by SUVs, what are holes in the magnetic field caused by? Too many cell phones?

Re:Hmmm.... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26155551)

If global warming is presumably caused by SUVs, what are holes in the magnetic field caused by? Too many cell phones?

The results of a runaway experiment after "Bring your daughter to work day" at Aperture Science?

Re:Hmmm.... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26155621)

but its ok, they were doing it for the cake

Re:Hmmm.... (1, Funny)

RazzleDazzle (442937) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156745)

awww jeez. I bet its that damn LHC again. If it's not causing tiny black holes in our atmosphere it's making large gaping holes in our magnetic field.

Re:Hmmm.... (1)

weirdo557 (959623) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155585)

large hadron colliders.

Re:Hmmm.... (3, Funny)

Knave75 (894961) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155593)

My guess is that the holes are caused by violent video games.

Re:Hmmm.... (1)

buswolley (591500) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156319)

but which video game? Powerpuff girls or GTA or Yars Revenge

Re:Hmmm.... (0, Troll)

ElectricRook (264648) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156883)

I'm sure it's George Bush's fault...

Re:Hmmm.... (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155711)

Perhaps the SUV claim is actually wrong and there is an extra amount of UV radiation which is why the poles seem to be melting at below freezing temperatures.

Re:Hmmm.... (1)

omidaladini (940882) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156127)

You're wrong! SUV's radiate UV.

Re:Hmmm.... (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156981)

My bad... I was just figuring we figured it all wrong.

Re:Hmmm.... (3, Funny)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155801)

Shhhhh.... Don't give the anti-cellphone nut jobs any ideas.

Re:Hmmm.... (4, Informative)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156375)

Physics.

These aren't unusual, new, or different in any way to what has always happened. Despite the alarmist summary, the point of the article was that more particles sneak through the magnetosphere when the fields of the sun and earth are aligned (opposite to what was believed) and that we had a satellite in the right place to watch this happening.

Re:Hmmm.... (2, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156781)

If global warming is presumably caused by SUVs, what are holes in the magnetic field caused by? Too many cell phones?

No; it's from an attempt to create a magnetic field that uses twenty percent less magnetism; they create holes that cover 20% of the field. It's known as the Eco-Magnetic field.

Re:Hmmm.... (1)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157735)

Not enough faith blasphemer! Bow down before the even more burning earth.

Re:Hmmm.... (4, Funny)

Blain (264390) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157791)

George Bush. Everything is his fault.

Expect the holes to start closing in about five weeks.

Earth's Taint (2, Funny)

AmigaHeretic (991368) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155567)

"The Earth's magnetic field has been found to have two large holes that are making Earth's surface vulnerable to solar winds"

I am wondering what is between the two large holes?

Re:Earth's Taint (3, Funny)

riff420 (810435) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155613)

Certainly not a brain.

Re:Earth's Taint (5, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156519)

"The Earth's magnetic field has been found to have two large holes that are making Earth's surface vulnerable to solar winds"

I am wondering what is between the two large holes?

A region of the earth known as the magnetic perineum.

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Re:Earth's Taint (2, Informative)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156581)

Since they're at opposite poles, the answer is: Earth.

Re:Earth's Taint (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156633)

Taint Mars and it Taint Venus so it must be that dirty little Earth. What is the anogenital distance from Mars to Venus anyway?

Holes near poles (3, Interesting)

panoptical2 (1344319) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155591)

Um, for years, haven't we known that the earth's magnetosphere was missing near the poles? (the Aurora Borealis, anyone?)

The two large holes in the magnetosphere (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155623)

Screw you guys. Two of my friends died there.

One in each hole.

Re:The two large holes in the magnetosphere (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156219)

That's what she said

Ah sorry guys (4, Funny)

Zwicky (702757) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155743)

I left my ACME Megalaser of Doom plugged in overnight, on the 'degaussing' setting. Honestly, I thought it was just on 'charge'.

Awfully sorry. It won't happen again. Promise.

Re:Ah sorry guys (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26155847)

Sorry to go off topic, but did you ever notice how quick ACME's shipping was? As soon as Wiley Coyote or Bugs Bunny dropped a letter in the mail, a truck arrived within seconds with his package. The logistics behind their supply chain management was incredible. Sure, they were A Company that Makes Everything, but I was always impressed on their shipping response time.

Re:Ah sorry guys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26155997)

Uh, it was a cartoon, are you stupid or something?

Re:Ah sorry guys (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156113)

Talking to yourself again, AC? ... oh wait...

Re:Ah sorry guys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156147)

Don't you know that cartoons are people too [independent.co.uk] ?

Captcha was "supplies"

Re:Ah sorry guys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156499)

If you think their logistics systems are impressive, check out their fauna-selective tunnel-building paint.

Acme Re:Ah sorry guys (3, Funny)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157789)

ACMEis a large mulitfaceted industrial and services company that owns both a package delivery conglomerate which includes matter replication and temporal transmission systems. Since they are a large monopoly spanning not only Earth but several thousand inhabited systems in several hundred universes they have access to a wide array of products and services and the ability to deliver them to customers who subjectively observe that delivery occurs nearly instantaneously.

Their only failing is having some of the parts for that system made in China.

No one has explained how Bugs Bunny could always get good product though it has been postulated he had the uncanny ability to manipulate events at a quantum level and ensure positive outcomes at the macro level.

Re:Ah sorry guys (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156093)

...ACME Megalaser of Doom plugged in overnight...

You have read the recall notice on that, right? It seems every ACME device ever made fails spectacularly when used. The only thing that keeps them in business is a large legal and marketing department. I'd suggest you get a refund ASAP.

Re:Ah sorry guys (1)

Zwicky (702757) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156215)

Aw, you're kidding. You mean to tell me this is yet another diabolical scheme that's likely to go awry from the get-go? You know, I thought this thing wasn't holding charge.

OK everyone! Listen up! Official announcement: The Enslaving of all Mankind has been postponed until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience.

informativ3 gnaagnaa (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26155769)

There's a hole (5, Funny)

Slashdotgirl (912338) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155773)

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Re:There's a hole (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156301)

With what should I fix it, dear Liza dear Liza

With Henries [wikipedia.org] , of course!

Re:There's a hole (5, Informative)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156995)

Now that is funny. Guess it went over the moderators' heads. A Henry is a unit of inductance. Grossly oversimplified, inductance is basically the property by which current produces an electromagnetic field....

When facing away... (1)

Rog-Mahal (1164607) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155797)

The language of the /. article compared with the Reuters post seem confusing. It looks like when the fields align (say when you take two magnets and align them -++-) then holes are ripped open at the poles, which can't both be facing away from the sun. As a side note, how do these storms disrupt power grids? It seems to make sense that bombarding the delicate electronics in satellites with solar radiation would cause damage, but why power transmission?

Why power grids? (2, Informative)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155921)

Firstly, power grids are controlled by lots of itty bitty electronics.

Secondly, the induced voltage is proportional to the area times the number of turns times the change in flux density. Since power grids cover huge areas, changes in magnetic flux duensity can cause huge disturbances in network voltages, tripping protection relays and causing other mayhem.

Re:When facing away... (2, Informative)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156601)

It's a mediocre article, and a horrendous summary.

The new finding is that more particles get through when the Earth's field and the Sun's field are aligned in the same direction. It was previously believed that the opposite was true - more particles get through when the fields are oppositely aligned. I assume that's what the summary meant by "facing away from the sun."

Okay, what did we do this time? (-1, Flamebait)

Quila (201335) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155833)

It's always the fault of man's activities, so what did we do? Bonus points for inventing a causal activity that gives leverage to suck the richer countries dry and infringe on the sovereignty of all nations.

Re:Okay, what did we do this time? (1, Offtopic)

Creepy Crawler (680178) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155873)

Sorry. I farted.

Re:Okay, what did we do this time? (0)

TopSpin (753) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155991)

Satellites, obviously. We (meaning wealthy Westerners) have been disrupting the magnetic field by accelerating masses of metal into orbit for about half a century now. Being thoughtless pigs, we've placed most of our satellites in equatorial orbits and biased the natural, wholesome fields creating the holes we now observe. We prefer these orbits because they best serve the equatorial regions we have monopolized.

Clearly we must redistribute our presence on the surface such that polar orbits satisfy our excessive need for communication. Naturally this will liberate prime equatorial regions for those who prefer simpler lifestyles, simultaneously balancing the field bias and correcting our unfair land use.

Re:Okay, what did we do this time? (1)

konohitowa (220547) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156231)

Wish there was a +1 Brilliant...

Re:Okay, what did we do this time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26157013)

Trolls, both of you.

Re:Okay, what did we do this time? (3, Informative)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157229)

We prefer these orbits because they best serve the equatorial regions we have monopolized.

I know I should be feeding a troll, but the reason for putting most communications' satellites into equatorial orbits is that these are the only orbits that can be geostationary (satellite stays put relatively to the surface).

You really prefer to be able to leave your antenna's pointed to the same spot in the sky, rather than having to equip it with a motor that follows the satellite around.

Solar power (1, Interesting)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155897)

i wonder if it would be viable to put large solar arrays in these areas. sounds like a good opportunity for free energy. assuming we don't find a way to fix it (assuming we want to).

Re:Solar power (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156353)

Apparently a lot of cosmic rays are coming through there. We aren't advanced enough to like cosmic rays.

Re:Solar power (2, Insightful)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156393)

Getting them to stay there would be pretty hard. Plus the particles in question are mostly protons and some free electrons. Probably not so good for your solar collector.

Speaking of tin foil (4, Funny)

djupedal (584558) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155947)

...before the LHC "we see nothing". And now, after the LHC was turned on... "oh, look at the too shiny two holes!" - coincidence?

Re:Speaking of tin foil (4, Funny)

julesh (229690) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157185)

before the LHC "we see nothing". And now, after the LHC was turned on... "oh, look at the too shiny two holes!" - coincidence?

Before LHC: George W. Bush.
After LHC: Barack Obama.

I think we need more high energy physics expirements.

Mayans (5, Funny)

IrritableBeing (1281212) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155949)

Were the Mayans correct in predicting the world's end for 2012?

Quote from TFA:

"Understanding how these holes form will help them better predict the electrical storms that cause power grid blackouts and the aurora, activity that will peak in 2012 as sunspots hit their maximum level."

Please God let Diablo III come out before then.

Re:Mayans (2, Informative)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156115)

Well, there's a problem with that theory.

Sunspots are at a near-historic low. See this NASA graph at http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml [nasa.gov] for a bit of an understanding. The 11yr sunspot cycle that was supposed to peak around 2012 isn't there. See http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2008/06/the-sunspot-mys.html [dailygalaxy.com] for speculation.

The holes may be old Osborne I's, connected via acoustically-coupled modems, that are sucking the life away from the magnetosphere. Adam Osborne would have been proud.

News to the scients but not to the Mayans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26155961)

News to the scients but not to the Mayans:- They had a system of machino-mechanical-coglet like devices that could pretty much see this coming. The solar activity is predicted to peak in 2012 which correlates to the Mayan calendar end of the world. They didn't offer sacrifices to the sun for nothing, you know!

Re:News to the scients but not to the Mayans (1)

RabidTimmy (1415817) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156011)

After watching the scifi channel yesterday, it now seems that we should start looking for the crystal skulls to patch up the field.

Re:News to the scients but not to the Mayans (2, Informative)

YttriumOxide (837412) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156963)

It is NOT the Mayan calendar end of the world, it's just the end of this number of "places" in the recording system. It's designed so that when you run out of places, you can essentially just cycle it around, and you're in the next "age" as it were. See here [crawford2000.co.uk] for a fairly reasonable explanation. Theoretically, you could also just add another counter to it for the "age" that you're in and cycle the rest (like adding one more decimal place as we do when we count from 9999 to 10000 for example). Despite all this, it's still a pretty cool event from the perspective of the Mayan calendar or otherwise (note that they did have a good REASON for this date, which is far more interesting than a boring old end of world prophecy - see the link).

So what does this mean? (1)

definate (876684) | more than 5 years ago | (#26155969)

I read TFA however I am not quite sure what this means.

Did we cause it? Or has this been happening and we just didn't know about it?

Does this affect climate change?

What are the repercussions of these holes?

Thanks!

Re:So what does this mean? (4, Informative)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156405)

No, we didn't cause it. Yes, it's always been happening, but yes we always knew about it. We just had one of the details backwards - more particles get through when the sun and earth fields are aligned rather than opposite, as was previously believed.

No, it doesn't affect climate change. The repercussions is that the poles get aurorae (revolutionary, I know, particularly as I grew up under them), and that if we get a really bad solar storm with the right conditions it can be bad for the power grid. As has been dramatically demonstrated several times ever since we started building power grids.

Re:So what does this mean? (1)

definate (876684) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156421)

Cool thanks!

its been there (1)

meeya (1152133) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156001)

its been there for such a long time!why worry now jut because we found it?there may be more things that we still don't know. all we have to do is just behave.( just know where we are all living and keep it in good shape) please.

Large Hadron Collider (2, Funny)

kwabbles (259554) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156015)

Heh. You guys thought they took it offline because it had a little glitch.

Re:Large Hadron Collider (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156363)

Only physicists would call something that caused six tonnes of liquid helium to leak and that will take about 9 months to repair for a cost of $21 million "a little glitch".

Well, only physicists and Microsoft's PR department, at least.

subject (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156039)

well fuck.

Spontaneous Combustion Theory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156085)

Spontaneous Combustion Theory might be real after all.

Yuo fail It?! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156105)

steadily fuck1ng [goat.cx]

Re:Yuo fail It?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26156291)

Seriously, slashdot itself (the website) should delete any post containing a link to that domain (and others).

in case of (1)

dB 0 (982589) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156159)

Holes in Magnetosphere's will conceal your location from Romulan Warbirds.

I hope.

Somebody tore the Earth a second hole... (2, Funny)

Trip6 (1184883) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156189)

...there used to be only one but Earth missed a VIG payment.

Huh? (2, Funny)

Merc248 (1026032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156203)

Did the tag just tell me to tap it?

If Hip-Hop has told me anything, it is to tap any hole that is tappable. I am jealous that the physicists have outdone us again. :(

So when can... (1)

destr0yr (880601) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156255)

we expect Keanu to show up?

Doctor (1)

binaryseraph (955557) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156345)

Soooo... Is there an ointment for that problem?

The Opposite Eh? (1)

Gman14msu (993012) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156491)

Despite what scientists originally thought, these holes allow 20 times the normal amount of solar particles through when they are facing away from the sun. This being opposite from what the scientists had originally speculated.

So I guess scientists originally thought that the holes shot 20 times the normal amount of solar radiation into space when they faced away from the sun?

Magnetic Poles about the Flip (4, Interesting)

TheSync (5291) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156765)

Perhaps the Earth's magnetic poles are about to flip [blogspot.com] .

Supposedly it won't kill us all [foxnews.com] ....

Re:Magnetic Poles about the Flip (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26157431)

Do a flip! Get in shape! Flip everyday!

that's no holes! (2, Funny)

bronney (638318) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156907)

They are Magneto's sisters!

Bad Summary? (5, Informative)

NotmyNick (1089709) | more than 5 years ago | (#26156909)

Despite what scientists originally thought, these holes allow 20 times the normal amount of solar particles through when they are facing away from the sun. This being opposite from what the scientists had originally speculated.

Apparently submitted by the department of redundancy department apparently, the problem is that's not what the article actually says.

Scientists once believed that the particles entered when the sun's magnetic field was aligned opposite to that of the Earth's. But findings presented at the meeting show that 20 times more solar particles enter the Earth's magnetic field when it is aligned in the same direction as the sun's magnetic field.

It the alignment of the fields North-to-South being discussed and nightside effects are not explicitly discussed. Some clarification by a physicist would seem in order.

Al Gore? (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157109)

Please don't tell me this is another thing Al Gore can blame on llamas, diet grains, or methane cows, please.

(Yes, totally unrelated joke. I'm bored tonight. Deal.)

The sun is at a low point... (2, Insightful)

mechaman (898770) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157155)

The variable is that the sun is at a low point in activity right now. I wonder if we'll see a larger failure rate of satellites orbiting the region. I guess it's extra tin-foil for them too. How would you go about shielding something that big from electrical fields that strong?

The Long Count (1)

catmistake (814204) | more than 5 years ago | (#26157187)

...activity that will peak in 2012 as sunspots hit their maximum level.

Could this be what the Mayan's were on about?

At last... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26157403)

Now I know where my pins and needles are. Did I mention needles? Oh my god PLEASE don't look through that holes!!!

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