The Resource Our magnetic Earth : the science of geomagnetism, Ronald T. Merrill

Our magnetic Earth : the science of geomagnetism, Ronald T. Merrill

Label
Our magnetic Earth : the science of geomagnetism
Title
Our magnetic Earth
Title remainder
the science of geomagnetism
Statement of responsibility
Ronald T. Merrill
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"For the general public, magnetism often seems more the province of new age quacks, movie mad scientists, and grade-school teachers than an area of actual, ongoing scientific inquiry. But as Ronald Merrill reveals in Our Magnetic Earth, geomagnetism really is an enduring, vibrant area of science, one that offers answers to some of the biggest questions about our planet's past--and maybe even its future. In a clear and careful fashion, he lays out the physics of geomagnetism and magnetic fields, then goes on to explain how Earth's magnetic field provides crucial evidence for our understanding of continental drift and plate tectonics; how and why animals, ranging from bacteria to mammals, sense and use the magnetic field; how changes in climate over eons can be studied through variations in the magnetic field in rocks; and much more. Throughout, Merrill peppers his scientific account with bizarre anecdotes and fascinating details, from levitating pizzas to Moon missions to blackmailing KGB agents--a reminder that real science can at times be stranger, and more amusing, than fiction. A winning primer for anyone who has ever struggled with a compass or admired a ragged V of migrating geese, Our Magnetic Earth demonstrates that education and entertainment need not be polar opposites."--Publisher description
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Merrill, Ronald T
Dewey number
538/.7
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QC816
LC item number
.M474 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Geomagnetism
  • Paleomagnetism
  • Dynamo theory (Cosmic physics)
  • Erdmagnetismus
Label
Our magnetic Earth : the science of geomagnetism, Ronald T. Merrill
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Magnetism and the present magnetic field -- Magnetic field reversals -- Earth's internal composition and the origin of Earth's magnetic field -- The sun-earth connection -- Magnetic orientation and navigation by animals -- The effects of geomagnetism and plate tectonics on climate and paleoclimate -- Rock magnetism fundamentals
Control code
ocn586134670
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9780226520506
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010012964
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)586134670
Label
Our magnetic Earth : the science of geomagnetism, Ronald T. Merrill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Magnetism and the present magnetic field -- Magnetic field reversals -- Earth's internal composition and the origin of Earth's magnetic field -- The sun-earth connection -- Magnetic orientation and navigation by animals -- The effects of geomagnetism and plate tectonics on climate and paleoclimate -- Rock magnetism fundamentals
Control code
ocn586134670
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9780226520506
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010012964
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)586134670

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