New Developments in Paleomagnetism Research

Lev V. Eppelbaum (Editor)
Dept. of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 6997801, Tel Aviv, Israel

Series: Earth Sciences in the 21st Century
BISAC: SCI019000




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Paleomagnetic field analysis occupies a separate place in the variety of studied physical parameters, since it assists us in obtaining specific ‘stamps’ of past geomagnetic field configurations. It is well-known that life on Earth and all geological-environmental processes occur in the changing geomagnetic field (the Earth’s magnetic field intensity is now decreasing). Geological-geophysical records indicate that hundreds and hundreds of Earth’s magnetic field reversals have occurred.

Paleomagnetic research has revealed information about ancient (from hundreds to billions years ago) magnetic field changes, which reflects definite geological, archaeological, cosmological and environmental events of that time. Some geodynamic and tectonic information derived from paleomagnetic field analysis cannot be obtained by any other geophysical or geological methods. This book reveals the current understanding of leading scientists studying paleomagnetic on new approaches and results in different regions of the world.

Three main issues are presented in the book: a comparison of the Earth’s geomagnetic field and the Earth’s biota evolution processes over the last 2.5 billion years (Chapter 1); combined paleomagnetic mapping examples of some areas of the Eastern Mediterranean (Chapter 2); various aspects of archaeomagnetic artifact examination, including advanced mathematical approach applications (Chapters 3 and 4); and utilization of geomagnetic data from the past for historical reconstruction of China and Mesoamerica (Chapter 5). The five chapters present results of investigations of scientists from different scientific schools and demonstrate the application of various methods and approaches to analyze ancient and comparatively recent geomagnetic fields. Undoubtedly, these results are interesting both from theoretical and practical points of view. This book is intended for students of corresponding specialties, geologists, geophysicists, archaeologists and environmental scientists. This book can also be of interest to the general public interested in paleomagnetism, archaeology, geology and geophysics.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1
Geomagnetic Field Reversals and Life on the Earth in the Phanerozoic
(D.M. Pechersky, O. Yu. Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, RAS, Moscow, Russia)

Chapter 2
Paleomagnetic Mapping in Various Areas of the Easternmost Mediterranean Based on an Integrated Geological-geophysical Analysis
(Lev Eppelbaum and Youri Katz, Department of Geosciences, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel, and others)

Chapter 3
Geomagnetic Applications in Archeology: State of the Art and Recent Advances
(Ángel Carrancho, Avto Gogichaishvili, Lisa Kapper, Juan Morales, Ana Maria Soler Arechalde and Evdokia Tema, Departamento de Ciencias Históricas y Geografía, Universidad de Burgos, Edificio I+D+I, Plaza Misael Bañuelos, Burgos, Spain, and others)

Chapter 4
Recent Developments in Archeomagnetism: The Story of the Earth’s Past Magnetic Field
(F. J. Pavón-Carrasco, M. L. Osete, S. A. Campuzano, G. McIntosh, F. Martín-Hernández, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia. Rome, Italy, and others)

Chapter 5
The Use of Paleomagnetic Declinations for Mesoamerica and China to Decode Orientation of Mesoamerican and Chinese Pyramids
(Jaroslav Klokočník and Jan Kostelecký, Astronomical Institute, p.r.i., Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Ondřejov Observatory, Czech Republic, and others)


This book has been reviewed by the following people:

Manuel Calvo-Rathert, Professor, University of Burgos, Spain. To read the review, click here. -

Claudia Gogorza, Professor, National Scientific and Technical Research Council, CONICET- National University of the Center of Buenos Aires Province, UNCPBA. Argentina. To read the review, click here. -

Alexey Yu. Kazansky, Professor, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. To read the review, click here.


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