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Essentials of Paleomagnetism

by Lisa Tauxe, Robert F Butler, Rob Van der Voo and Subir K Banerjee University of California Press
Pub Date:
01/2010
ISBN:
9780520260313
Format:
Pbk 512 pages
Price:
AU$107.00 NZ$112.17
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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More than 400 years ago William Gilbert said, The Earth itself is a great magnet. Today, we know that it is also a great magnetic tape recorder. This work is a comprehensive, up-to-date textbook on extracting and using rock and paleomagnetic data in archaeological, geological, and geophysical applications. Designed for students and professionals with knowledge of college level physics and some background in earth sciences, it describes both the theory and the practice of paleomagnetism, covering topics such as the basics of magnetism, geomagnetic fields, how rocks become magnetized, and the various ways of analyzing the magnetism of rocks. The book uses the companion PmagPy software package. An appendix contains a brief introduction to Python, an easy-to-use, cross-platform, and most important, free programming environment in which PmagPy programs are written.

1. THE PHYSICS OF MAGNETISM
2. THE GEOMAGNETIC FIELD
3. INDUCED AND REMANENT MAGNETISM
4. MAGNETIC ANISOTROPY AND DOMAINS
5. MAGNETIC HYSTERESIS
6. MAGNETIC MINERALOGY
7. HOW ROCKS GET AND STAY MAGNETIZED
8. APPLIED ROCK (ENVIRONMENTAL) MAGNETISM
9. GETTING A PALEOMAGNETIC DIRECTION
10. PALEOINTENSITY
11. FISHER STATISTICS
12. BEYOND FISHER STATISTICS
13. PALEOMAGNETIC TENSORS
14. THE ANCIENT GEOMAGNETIC FIELD
15. THE GPTS AND MAGNETOSTRATIGRAPHY
16. TECTONIC APPLICATIONS OF PALEOMAGNETISM

GÇ£Lives up to its title and does so in a manner that authors of modern science textbooks should seek to emulate.n++?
Lisa Tauxe is Professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.