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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
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
Lisa Tauxe is Professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
“It should be on the bookshelf of anyone who calls themselves a palaeomagnetist.”—Geological Magazine
“This book lives up to its title and does so in a manner that authors of modern science textbooks should seek to emulate.”—Eos Transactions
"This book by Lisa Tauxe and others is a marvelous tool for education and research in Paleomagnetism. Many students in the U.S. and around the world will welcome this publication, which was previously only available via the Internet. Professor Tauxe has performed a service for teaching and research that is utterly unique."—Neil D. Opdyke, University of Florida
Outstanding Academic Title in Earth Science, Choice, a publication of the American Library Association