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International Geophysics #73: Paleomagnetism: Continents and Oceans

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Paleomagnetism is the study of the fossil magnetism in rocks. It has been paramount in determining that the continents have drifted over the surface of the Earth throughout geological time. The fossil magnetism preserved in the ocean floor has demonstrated how continental drift takes place through the process of sea-floor spreading. The methods and techniques used in paleomagnetic studies of continental rocks and of the ocean floor are described and then applied to determining horizontal movements of the Earth's crust over geological time. An up-to-date review of global paleomagnetic data enables 1000 million

years of Earth history to be summarized in terms of the drift of the major crustal blocks over the surface of the Earth.

The first edition of McElhinny's book was heralded as a "classic and definitive text." It thoroughly discussed the theory of geomagnetism, the geologic

reversals of the Earth's magnetic field, and the shifting of magnetic poles. In the 25 years since the highly successful first edition of Palaeomagnetism and Plate Tectonics (Cambridge, 1973) the many advances in the concepts, methodology, and insights into paleomagnetism warrant this new treatment. This completely updated and revised edition of Paleomagnetism: Continents and Oceans will be a welcome resource for a broad audience of earth scientists as well as laypeople curious about magnetism, paleogeography, geology, and plate tectonics.

Because the book is intended for a wide audience of geologists, geophysicists, and oceanographers, it balances the mathematical and descriptive aspects of each topic.

* Details the theory and methodology of rock magnetism, with particular emphasis on intrepreting crustal movements from continental and oceanic measurements

* Outlines Earth history for the past 1000 million years, from the Rodinia super-continent through its breakup and the formation of Gondwana to the formation and breakup of Pangea and the amalgamation of Eurasia

* Provides a comprehensive treatmentof oceanic paleomagnetism

* Provides a set of color pateogeographic maps covering the past 250 million years

* Written by two internationally recognized experts in the field

Book News Annotation:

This textbook for second year Earth-science undergraduates explains paleomagnetism and its contribution in both the continental and the oceanic environment, and demonstrates the use of paleomagnetism in determining the evolution of the Earth's crust. The book is a sequel to Palaeomagnetism and Plate Tectonics (1973) and a companion volume to The Magnetic Field of the Earth (1996).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

ow of the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and recipient of the Jubilee Medal of the Geological Society of South Africa.

Synopsis:

Paleomagnetism: Continents and Oceans is an up-to-date synthesis and analysis of global paleomagnetic data for the major crustal blocks over the past 1000 million years. The volume will be of interest to geologists, geophysicists, and oceanographers and can be used as the basis for a lecture course on paleomagnetism. To make the text accessible as possible to students, the mathematics has been kept to a minimum. It can be considered as a companion volume to The Magnetic Field of the Earth, published in this series in 1996.

KEY FEATURES

* Details the theory and methodology of rock magnetism, with particular emphasis on intrepreting crustal movements from continental and oceanic measurements.

* Outlines Earth history for the past 1000 million years, from the Rodinia supercontinent through its breakup and the formation of Gondwana to the formation and breakup of Pangea and the amalgamation of Eurasia.

*Provides a comprehensive treatment of oceanic paleomagnetism.

* Provides a set of color paleogeographic maps covering the past 250 million years.

* Written by two internationally recognized experts in the field.

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 Scientist at the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and recipient of the Jubilee Medal of the Geological Society of South Africa.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-376) and index.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

g Euler and Paleomagnetic Poles. Making Reconstructions From Paleomagnetism. Phanerozoic Supercontinents. Laurussia. Paleo-Asia. Gondwana. Pangea. Paleogeography--300 Ma to Present. Displaced Terranes. Western North America. The East and West Avalon Terranes. Armorica. The Western Mediterranean. South and East Asia. Rodinia and the Precambrian. Rodinia. Paleomagnetism and Rodinia. Earth History--1000 Ma to the Present. Precambrian Cratons. Non Plate Tectonic Hypotheses. True Polar Wander. An Expanding Earth? References. Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780124833555
Subtitle:
Continents and Oceans
Author:
McElhinny, Michael W.
Author:
McFadden, McElhinny, Michael W., Phillip L.
Author:
McElhinny, M. W.
Author:
Rossby, Holton, Dmowska, McFadden, McElhinny, Michael W., Phillip L., Renata, James R., H. Thomas
Author:
McFadden, Phillip L.
Author:
McFadden, McElhinny, Michael, Phillip
Author:
Rossby, H. Thomas
Author:
Holton, Jim
Publisher:
Academic Press
Location:
San Diego, Calif. ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Magnetism
Subject:
Plate tectonics
Subject:
Paleomagnetism
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Physics
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
International geophysics series,
Series Volume:
v.7v. 73
Publication Date:
19991008
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
386
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in.

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Product details 386 pages Academic Press - English 9780124833555 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , ow of the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and recipient of the Jubilee Medal of the Geological Society of South Africa.
"Synopsis" by , Paleomagnetism: Continents and Oceans is an up-to-date synthesis and analysis of global paleomagnetic data for the major crustal blocks over the past 1000 million years. The volume will be of interest to geologists, geophysicists, and oceanographers and can be used as the basis for a lecture course on paleomagnetism. To make the text accessible as possible to students, the mathematics has been kept to a minimum. It can be considered as a companion volume to The Magnetic Field of the Earth, published in this series in 1996.

KEY FEATURES

* Details the theory and methodology of rock magnetism, with particular emphasis on intrepreting crustal movements from continental and oceanic measurements.

* Outlines Earth history for the past 1000 million years, from the Rodinia supercontinent through its breakup and the formation of Gondwana to the formation and breakup of Pangea and the amalgamation of Eurasia.

*Provides a comprehensive treatment of oceanic paleomagnetism.

* Provides a set of color paleogeographic maps covering the past 250 million years.

* Written by two internationally recognized experts in the field.

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 Scientist at the Australian Geological Survey Organisation, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and recipient of the Jubilee Medal of the Geological Society of South Africa.

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