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palaeomagnetism

Line breaks: palaeo|mag¦net|ism
Pronunciation: /ˌpalɪə(ʊ)ˈmaɡnɪtɪz(ə)m
 
, ˌpeɪ-/
(US paleomagnetism)

Definition of palaeomagnetism in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The branch of geophysics concerned with the magnetism in rocks that was induced by the earth’s magnetic field at the time of their formation.
Example sentences
  • In an attempt to resolve this conundrum, we have carried out multidisciplinary research involving field studies, radiometric dating, geochemistry, palaeontology and palaeomagnetism.
  • Conglomerate tests are applied to mechanically disaggregated clasts of a formation whose palaeomagnetism is under investigation.
  • From palaeomagnetism we can determine palaeolatitude and the rotation of a terrane through time, but the palaeomagnetic data give no insight into palaeolongitude.

Derivatives

palaeomagnetic

1
Pronunciation: /-maɡˈnɛtɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • This project will gather geochronological, paleomagnetic and geochemical data required to test the hypothesis that the Umkondo and Laurentian provinces are expressions of a single large-scale magmatic event.
  • The paradigm of plate tectonics was finally accepted by the majority of the geoscience community and the use of palaeomagnetic data to interpret continental drift began in earnest.
  • The Late Palaeozoic palaeomagnetic database for Siberia is poor apart from Late Permian times.

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