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Potentially Significant Source of Error in Magnetic Paleolatitude Determinations

By J. Marvin Herndon

Abstract

The discovery of close-to-star gas-giant exo-planets lends support to the idea of Earth's origin as a Jupiter-like gas giant and to the consequences of its compression, including whole-Earth decompression dynamics that gives rise, without requiring mantle convection, to the myriad measurements and observations whose descriptions are attributed to plate tectonics. I show here that paleolatitude determinations, used extensively in Pangaea-like reconstructions and in paleoclimate considerations, may be subject to potentially significant errors if rock-magnetization was acquired at Earth-radii less than present

Topics: Physics - General Physics, Physics - Geophysics
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1103.0737
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