Blog Posts Tagged "paleomagnetism"

What's so cool about Louisville?

So, why have 31 scientists and 90 operation staff, technicians, ships crew and drillers travelled from around the world to get on board a boat in Auckland, New Zealand to sail into the middle of nowhere? To study the Louisville Seamount Trail of course!

Measuring the Earth's Magnetic Field in S. Alaska

When I first learned that the Earth’s magnetic poles change direction over time I was fascinated. The concept that magnetic north becomes magnetic south, and then the poles flip again and again every several thousand years really blew my mind. The Earth’s magnetic field is generated in the molten outer core as metallic minerals convect around the solid inner core.

Telling Time with the Earth's Magnetic Field

Paleomagnetism is the study of the Earth’s ancient magnetic field. Such studies have helped lead to important discoveries like seafloor spreading and plate tectonics. Here on the JOIDES Resolution during Expedition 354, one of the main uses of this tool is to find out the age of sediments from the Bengal submarine fan. So how do we actually do that?

The Magnetism of Rocks

We've all played with magnets before, but no one knows magnetism like the Paleomag team aboard the JOIDES Resolution. Shipboard paleomagnetists provide paleomagnetic and rock-magnetic measurements of recovered rocks.

What can we learn from Earth's magnetic field?

While we're casing and preparing to core Hole G at Site U1480, as Agnes wrote about in her recent post, the scientists are mostly working on their reports and discussing their initial interpretations. We have a bit of down time, and we wanted to make use of the great movie lounge downstairs. We watched the geo-fiction movie, The Core.

Internal Compasses

Now that I have found my purpose for understanding rocks, they help me better understand life, things are starting to click for me in my understanding of the lab work these scientists are doing. Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks, you just need to find the right bone! Mine happens to be anything that can happen within a cell membrane.