By studying the natural magnetizations of certain rocks, one can get information about continental movements in the past, and also about the history of the earth’s magnetic field. The rocks which have been most usefully and most thoroughly investigated are basalt lavas, although red sandstones have been used too, as well as some less common rock types.


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  • R. L. Wilson
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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