Reversals of the Earth's Magnetic Field (Paperback)

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This book deals with the particular case of reversals of the Earth's magnetic field. These have played a major role in the development of plate tectonics and in establishing a geological time scale. The magnetism of rocks is discussed in some detail with a warning of possible misinterpretations of the record. The latest observational results and theories are reviewed with special attention to the structure and geometry of the transition field. Changing conditions at the core-mantle boundary, their effect on reversals, the generation of plumes and the possible correlation of reversals with tectonic changes, ice ages or mass extinctions are thoroughly discussed, including suggested periodicities in the reversal record and in other geophysical data.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780521675567
ISBN-10: 0521675561
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: July 14th, 2005
Pages: 360
Language: English