Our Magnetic Earth: The Science Of Geomagnetism

Paperback | October 3, 2012

byRonald T. Merrill

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For the general public, magnetism often seems more the province of new age quacks, movie mad scientists, and grade-school teachers than an area of actual, ongoing scientific inquiry.
But as Ronald T. Merrill reveals in Our Magnetic Earth, geomagnetism really is an enduring, vibrant area of science, one that offers answers to some of the biggest questions about our planet’s past—and maybe even its future.

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For the general public, magnetism often seems more the province of new age quacks, movie mad scientists, and grade-school teachers than an area of actual, ongoing scientific inquiry.But as Ronald T. Merrill reveals in Our Magnetic Earth, geomagnetism really is an enduring, vibrant area of science, one that offers answers to some of the...

 Ronald T. Merrill is professor emeritus of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington. In 2002 he was awarded the John Adam Fleming Medal of the American Geophysical Union.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:October 3, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022600659X

ISBN - 13:9780226006598

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1.      Magnetism and the Present Magnetic Field
Chapter 2.      Magnetic Field Reversals
Chapter 3.      Earth’s Internal Composition and the Origin of Earth’s Magnetic Field
Chapter 4.      The Sun-Earth Connection
Chapter 5.      Magnetic Orientation and Navigation by Animals
Chapter 6.      The Effects of Geomagnetism and Plate Tectonics on Climate and Paleoclimate

Epigraph        Some Parting Comments

Appendix: Rock Magnetism Fundamentals
Notes
Index

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“There really is no other ‘popular’ book in recent years that covers the broad reach of geomagnetism as competently and as entertainingly as does this one.”