Magnetostriction and palæomagnetism of igneous rocks

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IN a recent communication, Stott and Stacey1 report on a “crucial experiment” from which they conclude: “This excellent agreement between the dip and the directions of artificial thermoremanent magnetization of the stressed and unstressed rocks indicates that large systematic errors due to magnetostriction are most improbable in igneous rocks of types normally used for palæomagnetic work”. This experiment was intended to test the proposals2 and measurements3 bearing on the role of magnetostriction in rock magnetism. We present here our reasons for believing that the experiment was not crucial and that the conclusion is not justified.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Magnetostriction and palæomagnetism of igneous rocks
Series title Nature
DOI 10.1038/1831318a0
Volume 183
Issue 4671
Year Published 1959
Language English
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
First page 1318
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