Topics involved in studies of the Earth's magnetic field and its secular variation range from the intricate observations of geomagnetism, to worldwide studies of archeomagnetism and paleomagnetism, through to the complex mathematics of dynamo theory. Traditionally these different aspects of geomagnetism have been studied and presented in isolation from each other. The Magnetic Field of the Earth draws together these major lines of inquiry into an integrated framework to highlight the interrelationships and thus to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the geomagnetic field. The text is organized so that paleomagnetists and dynamo theoreticians may both benefit from the results and arguments presented by the other. A particular example is the presentation of paleomagnetic results to illuminate the observational constraints on geodynamo theory. Conversely, dynamo theory is explained in such a way that paleomagnetists may utilize it to present their data more effectively. Other important features of the book include a discussion of planetary magnetic fields and their implications for dynamo theory and the most recent set of magnetic charts. This unique integrated approach to the subject will make The Magnetic Field of the Earth an invaluable reference book for all geophysicists, particularly those wishing to gain insight into alternative branches of research.
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"Combines aspects of geomagnetism, such as archeomagnetism, tectonics, paleomagnetism, and dynamo theory, in an integrated framework, highlighting their interrelationships. Discusses the development and analysis of geomagnetic reversals in detail, emphasising the role of geomagnetism in studies of the Earth's deep interior, with chapters on the history of the subject, the present geomagnetic field, the time-averaged paleomagnetic field, processes and properties of the Earth's deep interior, and the magnetic fields of the sun, moon, and planets. Includes examples of synthesis of various theories, and mathematical appendices. For observationalists and theoreticians in the field." -- SCITECH BOOK NEWS
"This work is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the geomagnetic field. In addition, it has many useful descriptions of related topics that are recommended reading for anyone wishing to understand better the structures and processes within our planet." (AMERICAN SCIENTIST) "This book together with those by Opdyke and Channell and Backus et al. make a modern trilogy in geomagnetism. They should stand on the bookshelf of everyone who is not only interested in geomagnetism, but also in the integrated view of the earth as a globe. Therefore they all are standing on mine." -- Marek Lewandowski in PURE AND APPLIED GEOPHYSICS
"It represents an excellent effort...and is probably the most up-to-date work available on Earth's magnetic field....The specific terms used are well explained and the mathematics are not overwhelming. For students beginning studies in the field of geophysics and the earth's interior, it is essential." -- CHOICE
Ronald T. Merrill is a Professor of Geophysics and Geological Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Fellow of the American GeophysicalUnion. Michael W. McElhinny is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and recipient of its Mawson Medal, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and recipient of its Fleming Medal, and an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Phillip L. McFadden is Chief Research Scientist in the Australian Geological Survey Organization, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and a recipient of the Jubilee Medal of the Geological Society of South Africa.
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Book Description Academic Press, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11012491246X