A Comparison of Geomagnetic Secular Variation as Recorded by Historical, Archaeomagnetic and Palaeomagnetic Measurements
Palaeomagnetic methods can extend the documentary record of changes in the Earth's magnetic field far into the past. Tolerable agreement is found between various methods, demonstrating the geophysical value of palaeoniagnetic experiments. Combining results from the different approaches of investigating secular change can lead to a better perspective and to superior models of geomagnetic field behaviour. Lake sediments have recently been found to hold remarkably detailed signatures of past field changes. A mathematical approach to formulating an empirical description of global geomagnetic field behaviour is proposed and applied to palaeomagnetic data spanning the last 10 ka.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A
- Pub Date:
- August 1982