The magnetic properties of the earth as a whole.
- He had also agreed to collect data on terrestrial magnetism for Gauss on this trip.
- These papers all dealt with the current theories on terrestrial magnetism, including Poisson's ideas, absolute measure for magnetic force and an empirical definition of terrestrial magnetism.
- The effort to do so was classically Humboldtian, repeating in its protagonists' ultimate frustration Edward Sabine's earlier ‘crusade’ to explain terrestrial magnetism in terms of meteorological as well as astronomical phenomena.
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Syllabification: ter·res·tri·al mag·net·ism
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