Both the dipole and nondipole components of the present geomagnetic field are analyzed by calculating the orientation of hypothetical geocentric dipoles which, if acting alone, would produce the present geomagnetic field as observed at points on a grid covering the earth at 10° intervals. The dispersion in direction of these virtual geomagnetic poles due to the nondipole component of thee geomagnetic field (1) is larger in the southern hemisphere than in the northern; (2) increases with increase in latitude; (3) at all latitudes is of the same order of magnitude as the dispersion due to a wobble of several tens of degrees of the main geocentric dipole; (4) is anomalously small over a region of continental dimensions in the central Pacific ocean. The parameters describing these variations of poles are transformed to parameters describing variations of the geomagnetic field for comparison with paleomagnetic data.
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Analysis of present geomagnetic field for comparison with paleomagnetic results|
|Series title||Journal of Geomagnetism & Geoelectricity|
|Publisher||Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences|
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