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Paleomagnetism is the study of the magnetic properties of rocks. Paleomagnetists are therefore united more by a collection of instruments than by any coherent research objective. The broad and interdisciplinary nature of paleomagnetism is one of its great strengths. Over the last century, paleomagnetic research has focussed on four main branches: fundamental tool development, geomagnetic applications, geological applications and environmental applications.  The main function of the Scripps Paleomagnetic Laboratory is to analyze the magnetic properties of rocks. This is done with the purpose of deciphering the ancient geomagnetic field, and to aid in geological research. For more information see these:

course notes and 2005 textbook: "Lectures in Paleomagnetism"
by Lisa Tauxe available from

EARTH50 course notes
EARTH16 course notes



We are located at:
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
Paleomagnetic Laboratory
La Jolla, CA 92037

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