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Rock Magnetism: Fundamentals and Frontiers

  • Comprehensive and accessible treatment of the subject
  • Essential for graduate students and researchers in geophysics and geology
  • Balances theory and experimental data

Series: Cambridge Studies in Magnetism Volume: 3

By: David J Dunlop (Author), Özden Özdemir (Author)

573 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2001 | #122557 | ISBN: 052100098X
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Hardback | Jul 1997 | #61218 | ISBN: 0521325145
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Rock Magnetism: Fundamentals and Frontiers is a comprehensive treatment of fine particle magnetism and the magnetic properties of rocks. Starting from atomic magnetism and magnetostatic principles, the authors explain why domains and micromagnetic structures form in ferromagnetic crystals and how these lead to magnetic memory in the form of thermal, chemical and other remanent magnetizations. The phenomenal stability of these magnetizations, providing a record of plate tectonic motions over millions of years, is explained by thermal activation theory. One chapter is devoted to practical tests of domain state and paleomagnetic stability; another deals with pseudo-single-domain magnetism. The final four chapters place magnetism in the context of igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic, and extraterrestrial rocks. Rock Magnetism: Fundamentals and Frontiers will be of great value to graduate students and researchers in geophysics and geology, particularly in paleomagnetism and rock magnetism, as well as physicists and electrical engineers interested in fine-particle magnetism and magnetic recording.

"[...] I am not exaggerating when I say that Rock Magnetism: Fundamentals and Frontiers leaves the others in the dust [...] simply put, the work will remain definitive for the coming decade, if not longer."

"[...] fills an important gap in the literature by providing a dedicated text dealing with both theory and practice. The authors themselves have figured prominently in much of this research and are singularly well placed to compile this third book in the Cambridge Studies in Magnetism series [...] an essential companion to research workers in the fields of palaeomagnetism, geomagnetism and archaeomagnetism."
- J. D. A. Piper, Geology Magazine

"In Rock Magnetism: Fundamentals and Frontiers, David Dunlop and Özden Özdemir have successfully combined rigorous theoretical treatment of the fundamentals of rock magnetism with a necessarily more descriptive discussion of frontier areas in which all is not yet clear [...] This is an excellent, comprehensive text written by prominent researchers in rock magnetism. It will surely be an invaluable source for all workers in the field for a long time. The book is not only well written, but well produced, with fine diagrams and layout."
- Michael D. Fuller, Physics Today

"[...] the result of their labours is an authoritative and extremely comprehensive book. They are to be commended in breaking with the tradition of recent books on rock magnetism, by dealing with many of the practical details of the applications of rock magnetism (for example by describing many well-chosen palaeomagnetic demagnetization studies), so making the final four chapters useful and accessible to a wider audience [...] Dunlop and Özdemir's 573-page encyclopaedic work can be thoroughly recommended to postgraduate students of magnetism and the professional research worker alike."
- R. Thompson, University of Edinburgh, Contemporary Physics

"[...] the present book fills an important gap in the literature by providing a dedicated text dealing with both theory and practice. [...] The authors themselves have figured prominently in much of this research and are singularly well placed to compile this third book in the Cambridge Studies in Magnetism series. [...] The physical theory is comprehensively developed, but the non-numerate reader will nevertheless be able to glean essential information from this well-balanced and readable text."
- David Norman, Geological Magazine

"[...] if you have a serious interest in the field then the book is likely to be of considerable value"
- Duncan Woodcock, OUGS Journal

"Over the years, a number of textbooks on rock and mineral magnetism have appeared, but the Dunlop and Özdemir volume is the yardstick by which all others must be measured. It will undoubtedly become the standard reference for the next generation. By issuing this paperback version, to augment the extremely well-received original 1997 hardback version, the publishers have done a great service to the wide readership that can, and should, benefit from this excellent book [...] I strongly recommend it to the widest possible audience."
- Ted Evans, The Canadian Mineralogist



1. Magnetism in nature
2. Fundamentals of magnetism
3. Terrestrial magnetic materials
4. Magnetostatic fields and energies
5. Elementary domain structure and hysteresis
6. Domain observations
7. Micromagnetic calculations
8. Single-domain thermoremanent magnetization
9. Multidomain thermoremanent magnetization
10. Viscous and thermoviscous magnetization
11. Isothermal magnetization and demagnetization
12. Pseudo-single-domain remanence
13. Crystallization remanent magnetization
14. Magnetism of igneous rocks and baked materials
15. Magnetism of sediments and sedimentary rocks
16. Magnetism of metamorphic rocks
17. Magnetism of extraterrestrial rocks


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