As the world becomes more and more chaotic in light of recent events, many people have turned their attention to the story behind the story, and, as you may have guessed, toward the myriad conspiracy theories, predictions of fantastical, forthcoming world events, and other topics that capture the imagination.

Among these topics are tales of a so-called magnetic “pole shift,” which is said to happen naturally over the course of history at many different times while potentially causing great unrest throughout the surface of the planet. A pole shift has also been linked to Planet X/Niburu, UFO and alien disclosure, and a great, albeit calamitous, awakening of humanity and global consciousness.

This type of major global event may be capable of causing calamities such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and other potentially catastrophic events.

It also may be a phenomenon that happens more gradually, causing worldwide changes but not at the level many conspiracy theorists predict.

In any event, there’s no denying the presence of the Earth’s magnetic pole shift, and recently a natural piece of evidence was unearthed that has scientists halfway across the globe buzzing with excitement.

There’s Nothing Like This Anywhere in the World:” Historical Pole Shift Relic Unearthed

While doing excavation work for the expansion of a geothermal power plant, researchers made a startling discovery this past spring: an ancient tree that scientists say contains a record of a reversal of Earth’s magnetic field.

The tree, an Agathis australis, better known as its Māori name kauri, was found in Ngawha, on New Zealand’s North Island, during excavation work for the expansion of the power plant.

It had been buried in 26 feet of soil, measures eight feet in diameter and is 65 feet in length.

After carbon dating the tree, researchers discovered it lived for 1,500 years, between 41,000 and 42,500 years ago.

“There’s nothing like this anywhere in the world,” Alan Hogg, from New Zealand’s University of Waikato, said according to a report from Newsweek. “This Ngāwhā kauri is unique.”

The lifespan of the tree covers a point in Earth’s history when the magnetic field almost reversed. At this time, the magnetic north and south went on an excursion but did not quite complete a full reversal, the Newsweek article said.

The magnetic field of the Earth is thought to be generated by iron in the planet’s core. As it moves around, it produces electric currents that extend far into space. The magnetic field serves as a barrier protecting the Earth from solar wind. This is a stream of charged particles from the Sun that could strip away the ozone layer if it were to penetrate the atmosphere, the report said.

When the magnetic field either reverses or attempts to do so, it becomes weaker, which allows more radiation from the Sun to make it through. Extinction level events have been linked to magnetic field reversals, according to the Newsweek report.

The rings on this newly discovered tree contain a complete record of a near-reversal, scientists have said, and more samples are being analyzed. It may contain evidence as to what could happen during the next near-reversal event.

“We will have increased cosmic radiation. It will take out satellites and it might take out other communication infrastructure,” Hogg said of what may happen if a pole shift happens in a swift manner.

According to NASA, these magnetic field reversals happen at random intervals, perhaps every 200,000 to 300,000 years. The last full reversal took place nearly 800,000 years ago.

A representation called the World Magnetic model (WMM) is used by GPS systems worldwide, and researchers were forced to update it during the last recent movement of the North Pole.

Magnetic field reversals happen at random intervals, although in the last 20 million years it appears to have settled into a pattern, happening once every 200,000 to 300,000 years, NASA says. The last full reversal took place around 780,000 years ago.

The good news is that the south pole is not currently shifting anywhere near the degree of the north pole, meaning that we should be out of the woods for the foreseeable future.

At any rate, check out video of this remarkable tree below, and do your research on the pole shift because it’s something that everyone from the common man to scientists across the world should be aware of as much as possible.