Category Archives: palaeomagic

Why does a compass point north? A mystery at the heart of the story of science (book review)

Strange as it might seem, I’m finding North Pole, South Pole, paleomagnetist Gillian Turner’s newly published account of “the epic quest to solve the great mystery of Earth’s magnetism”, a difficult book to review. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy … Continue reading

Categories: geophysics, palaeomagic, public science, reviews

Earth’s magnetic field: still not reversing

Birds falling from the sky? Airport runways realigning? 2012 approaching? Only one of these things is at all to do with magnetic field behaviour, and even that is nothing to worry about. Continue reading

Categories: antiscience, palaeomagic

Oman’s view of the Snowball Earth

Evidence from my field area of extreme climatic fluctuations 700 million years ago – but does it support the notion that the whole planet froze over?
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Categories: climate science, deep time, fieldwork, geology, outcrops, palaeomagic, past worlds, Proterozoic

6 fields a-flipping

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
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Categories: geology, palaeomagic

3 Helmholtz coils

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love sent to me…
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Categories: geology, geophysics, palaeomagic