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Magnetic Stratigraphy

Series: International Geophysics Series Volume: 64

By: ND Opdyke and JET Channell

346 pages, Figs, tabs

Academic Press

Hardback | Dec 1996 | #56350 | ISBN: 012527470X
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Magnetic Stratigraphy is the most comprehensive book written in the English language on the subject of magnetic polarity stratigraphy and time scales. This volume presents the entirety of the known geomagnetic record, which now extends back about 300 million years. The book includes the results of current research on sea floor spreading, magnetic stratigraphy of the Pliocene and Pleistocene, and postulations on the Paleozoic. Also included are both historical background and applications of magnetostratigraphy. Individual chapters on correlation are presented, using changes in magnetic properties and secular variation. It discusses pioneering work in the use of marine sediments to investigate the Earths magnetic field; and serves as a guide for students wishing to begin studies in magnetostratigraphy. It provides a comprehensive guide to magnetic polarity stratigraphy including up-to-date geomagnetic polarity time scales. It correlates magnetic stratigraphics from marine and non-marine Cenozoic sequences. It details reversal history of the magnetic field for the last 350 million years. It discusses correlation using magnetic dipole intensity changes; and includes up-to-date correlation of biostratigraphy with magnetic stratigraphy through the late Jurassic.

...this book is a very lucid, up-to-date account of the subject and is very clearly written and very well illustrated. It is also very well referenced... --D. H. Tarling, University of Plymouth, GEOPHYSICAL JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, January 1999 "...the authors present an excellent and very detailed review of the methods for coupling both the GPTS and magnetostratigraphic sequences with absolute ages. A virtue of this book is its wealth of sources, figures and tables; all indispensable in the case of such a complex matter. It should as well be in all palaeomagnetic and stratigraphic laboratories on the strength of its comprehensiveness and cross-relationships among different branches of Earth sciences." --Mark Lewandowski in PURE AND APPLIED GEOPHYSICS "This book has much to offer. First, it serves as a succinct and practical introduction to those aspects of geomagnetism and paleomagnetism that are relevant to magnetostratigraphy. Second, it provides an up-to-date discussion of the polarity-reversal history derived from remote sensing of the magnetization of the oceanic crust...Third, the authors have produced a grand synthesis of existing magnetostratigraphic data...And finally, they step back and see what can be learned about the behavior of the geomagnetic field from the long record they have reconstructed...Magnetic Stratigraphy is handsome, very readable, and persuasive; most readers will wonder (as the authors do occasionally) why more boundaries in the geologic timescale are not tied directly to our planets geomagnetic pulse." --SCIENCE "This book fills a certain gap in palaeomagnetic bibliography that was lacking of a serparate, comprehensive edition on the basis of magnetic polarity stratigraphy and its geological applications. A virtue of this book is its wealth of sources, figures and tables; all indispensable in the case of such a complex matter. The book may be recommeded to graduate students endeavoring to specialize in geomagnetism and/or palaeomagnetism." --PURE AND APPLIED GEOPHYSICS, 1997


(Chapter Headings): Introduction and a Little History. The Earth's Magnetic Field. The Magnetization Process. Laboratory Techniques. Magnetic Properties of Marine Sediments. Fundamentals of Reversal Magnetostratigraphy. The Plio-Pleistocene Reversal Record. Seafloor Spreading Anomalies and the Magnetic Polarity Timescale. The Cenozoic Marine Record. Magnetic Stratigraphy of Cenozoic Terrestrial Deposits. Mesozoic Magnetostratigraphy in Marine Sediments. Magnetic Stratigraphy ofthe Lower Mesozoic and Paleozoic. Secular Variation Magnetostratigraphy in Lake Sediments. Rock Magnetic Stratigraphy. Subject Index.

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Neil D. Opdyke was the winner of the Fleming Medal of the American Geophysical Union in 1996, the george P. Woollard Award of the Geological Society of America in 1987, and the Stillwell Award of the Geological Society of Australia in 1982. He earned his Ph.D. at Durham University, England, in 1958, and went on to get his D.Sc. at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1982. Opdyke is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Florida, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

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