is a 2006disaster filmdirected by Robert Lee and written by Sarah Watson. It starsJeff FaheyandErika Eleniak. The film is aboutpolar shift, which brings a newice ageinFlorida, and everywhere within 30 degrees north and south of theequator.

David Koch (Jeff Fahey), a climatologist employed by Inter Sci, proposes a theory that the lastice agewas triggered by Earths polar shift in a single day. When unusually cold weather strikesMiamiand the birds start to return from the south a few months earlier, he is sent toAntarcticato find out what is happening.

Once there, he discovers a frozen body of a human that is at least 10,000 years old. What is interesting is his appearancehe looks as if he was instantly frozen in place. He also discoverscave paintingsthat show the sun falling down. A suddenblizzardthen destroys a base camp and kills some members of his team.

Back in Miami, he presents his findings to his co-workers and his boss. He claims that another polar shift is only a couple of hours away and the new ice age is inevitable. However, nobody believes him. According to the current theories, the shifting of the poles should last at least 200 years so the climate changes, if any, wouldnt appear overnight. Davids one-time love Bryn (Erika Eleniak) supports his theory with numerous stories about the falling sun followed by a darkness and terrible cold.

When the weather in Miami starts getting colder and colder, the evacuation is ordered and the people start to move to the north. David, Bryn, and a group of people miss the chance to escape, and their only hope is to hide in a special room at Inter Sci. In a couple of hours, everything within 30 north and south of the equator turns toabsolute zero(273C) turning Florida, Mexico, Central America, most of South America and Africa into an ice desert.

They manage to survive although everything is frozen outside the room. When the polar shift is over and the sun appears again, they are rescued.

As a consequence of polar shift, many people die and the worlds climate changes completelyNorthern CanadaandSiberiabecome hotdeserts; andGreenlandIcelandNorthern EuropeNew York CityandStateAlaska, andAntarcticanow have atropical climate.

The film was shot inVancouverBritish Columbia, Canada.

The basic premise of the film, that the movement of the Earths magnetic north and south poles to the middle latitude would cause a massive climatic shift, is only partially true. Although such an event (if it were possible) would result in dramatic effects on global weather patterns, it would not reverse the Earths climate zones as shown in the film, since climate is governed not just by the Earths magnetic field, but mainly by altitude andproximity to the poles via the tilt of the Earths axis, which affords lower latitudes more direct sun rays.1Furthermore, the movement of the poles, not the magnetic poles, would move both arctic and temperate regions, but would not necessarily trigger an ice age. It would not cause an ice age localized to Miami, as the film suggests.

The depiction of the Earths areas that experience a decline in temperature (ultimately to −273C) is not scientifically accurate. Below −196C (−320F), the two dominant gases of Earths atmosphere (oxygenandnitrogen) would liquefy and fall to the surface. Once the temperature drops below −220C (−365F), the liquefied gases would solidify, causing the atmospheric pressure in the affected zone to drop to zero. The remaining atmosphere would move to this zone and soon Earth would have no gaseous atmosphere, with a surface pressure of zero. None of these events occur in the film, although there is a drastic drop of pressure happening at the end of the film.1

It is impossible to reach absolute zero naturally, nor would a movement of the poles induce any reduction in Earth temperatures. However, this is explained away in the film as being a previously unknown effect.

Furthermore, extremely low temperatures, at or near absolute zero, would almost certainly result in the manifestation of aBoseEinstein condensate. Essentially, this causes quantum fluctuations to appear on a macroscopic scale. However, no such behavior is observed in the film.

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