paleomagnetism


pa·leo·mag·ne·tism

noun \ˌpā-lē-ō-ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm, especially British ˌpa-\

Definition of PALEOMAGNETISM

1
:  the intensity and direction of residual magnetization in ancient rocks
2
:  a science that deals with paleomagnetism
pa·leo·mag·net·ic \-mag-ˈne-tik\ adjective
pa·leo·mag·net·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
pa·leo·mag·ne·tist \-ˈmag-nə-tist\ noun

First Known Use of PALEOMAGNETISM

1854

paleomagnetism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Permanent magnetism in rocks, resulting from the orientation of the Earth's magnetic field at the time of rock formation in a past geologic age. It is a source of information for the paleomagnetic studies of polar wandering and plate tectonics.

Variants of PALEOMAGNETISM

paleomagnetism or palaeomagnetism or remanent magnetism

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