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I can still remember--or at least I believe I can remember--that this experience made a deep and lasting impression upon me.A wonder of such nature I experienced as a child of 4 or 5 years. That this needle behaved in such a determined way did not at all fit into the nature of events. which could find a place in the unconscious world of concepts (effect connected with direct 'touch'). Albert Einstein . when my father showed me a compass. Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.
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. . .5 Local Language Dictionary Forces at Work Measuring Scales Earth Fields. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 1. . . . . . . .3 1. . . . . . . . . . .2 Finding the Fields 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . .2 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents Foreword Preface Acknowledgments 1 Nature's Magnetism 1. . . . . . .3 1. . . . . . . . . Locating the Fields . . . . . . . .1 1. . . . . . . . . . . .3 . . Gilbert . . .1 1. . . . . . . .2 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faraday Gauss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapman 1. . . . . . . . . . . .1 1. Geomagnetism Patriarchs . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. Steady and Changing . .3. . . Maxwell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nature's Basic Particles Atoms . .3.2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Historical Tour Markers Global Explorations xiii xv xxi 1 1 2 2 3 5 5 7 5 7 7 11 7 11 13 15 17 18 18 Compass Origin . . . Halley . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 2. . . . . . Interference with Communication and Navigation 2. . . . . . . Statistical Sampling . . . Bermuda Triangle and Oceanic Fields Earthquake Predictions . . . . . . 44 44 Prehistoric Fields and Continental Drift Field Mapping and Geologic Exploration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . . .4 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Termites Body Magnets . . . . . . . 66 . . . . . . Modeling 2. . . . . . . . .4 Our Tour of the Fields . . Correlation . . . . . . . Double Blind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and Frauds .2. . . . . . Magnetic Rocks . . . . . . . . .5 2. . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . .1 Fields Making a Difference 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 65 . . . . . . .10 Field Induction Responses Earth Conductivity 47 50 50 50 51 52 53 53 54 54 54 55 55 55 55 58 . Magnetic Fields and Technology Destruction in Space . . .8 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Contents 19 20 22 Ions and Current 1. . . . . Pipeline Corrosion 2. . . . . . Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cause and Effect . Travel and Exploration . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields 2. . Establishing Significance . . . .1.6 2. Old Wives' Tales. Water Improvement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Pseudoscience. . . . . . . . . . Sudden Field Changes in the Crust . . . . . Electric Power Systems Long-Wire Communications . . . .9 .X Molecules . . . . . . . .1. . . . . . . . . . . . .1 . .2 T o u r to t h e B o u n d a r i e s 2. . . . Biomagnetism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . . . . Magnetic Correlations Weather and Climate H u m a n Responses to Magnetic Fields . . Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) . Water Witching or Divining . . . . . . 25 25 25 30 35 37 40 41 42 44 . .1. . . . .3 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 2. . . 61 63 63 Focusing of Lightning . . . . . . . 60 60 . . . . . . .1. . . .. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two Eccentric Axis Poles . . . . . . . . Harvesting the Fields 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sq 86 88 90 90 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quietly F l o w i n g Currents 3. . .5 A E Index Dst Index . . . . . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . .3 121 121 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Early Record Keeping Modern Field Recording 122 125 125 Do-It-Yourself Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . .2 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Inside Sources . Conducting Blanket . . . . . .3 3. . . . . . . . . . .1 Di s t u r b a n c e s in Sight 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 . . . . .4 3. . .5. . . . . . . . . .4 A Dynamo Solar-Quiet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . U m b r e l l a for M a g n e t i c S t o r m s 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents xi Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. .1 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IGRF Main Field Poles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5. . . . . . . . .1. .1. . . . . . . . . .1. .6 Magnetic Poles Galore . . . Storms Overhead Earth Field Encounter . . .2 3. . . Soda-Bottle Magnetometer Earth-Current Pulsation Sensor . . .1. . .5 A Space of Quiet Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glamorous Display . . . . . . .5 3. . . . . . . . . .1 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1. . . .1. . . . . . . . . . . .1 3. . . . . . . . . 4. . . K p Index Ap Index 4. . . .2. . . . . .1 4. . . .1. . . Geomagnetic Coordinate Poles Locally Measured Dip Poles Satellite Evidence of Poles . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Field Traces 5.4 3. . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . Sectors . . . . . . .5. . . . 106 106 108 111 ] 15 115 115 115 117 119 Storm Explanations . . . . .4 Agitation in the Fields Storm Fingerprints Heating 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . 69 70 72 72 74 78 80 82 84 3.3 3. . . . . .5. . . . Pole M a r k e r s . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . .6 Pulsations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 3.1 3. . . . .3 On the Sun In the Wind 97 97 97 101 102 102 103 . .3 3. . . . . . . 127 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Measures of Activity . . . . . . . . .1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 93 94 Induction . . . . . .
. . . . . . . .4 5.6 Pulsations . . . . .5 5. .5 Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Index 143 . 128 128 128 Dipole Field Patterns .2.6 5. . . . . . . .4 5. . . . . . . . . . . .2 Scientists at W o r k 5. . . . .2. Fluid Velocity at Core-Mantle Boundary . . . . . . . . .xii 5. 131 132 134 134 139 T r a c k and F i e l d R e c o r d s . . . . .3 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Polar Sector Currents 9 Dst Storm Index . . .2. . . . 128 130 130 5. . . . .2. . . Space Weather Disturbance Scales Information Kiosk D i r e c t i o n s for F u r t h e r T r a v e l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 5. . . . . .3 5. . . . Magnetotellurics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . .2. . .
Thus. In addition. Dr. Campbell has authored several well-known books. Campbell is a respected leader in geophysics and space physics. interplanetary. He presents this information with respect to its impact on technology in space and on the ground. These events frequently cause significant changes in the near-Earth space environment that have been named magnetic storms and substorms. and near-Earth space origin on measurements of the Earth's magnetic field. The relevant principles and physics of magnetism are discussed in a complete. yet fun to read. and he XIII ~ 1 7 6 . Introduction to Geomagnetic Fields. The Earth's main field and its origin and changes are simply and clearly presented. Dr. magnetic fields. Campbell discusses the effects of particles and fields of solar. including telecommunications. It provides a wealth of scientific information about a relevant topic. not just geomagnetism. and radio propagation. satellite drag. He presents these external currents as the result of both normal and unusual solar emissions. national and international agencies and corporations routinely seek his advice. satellite operations. Dr. in a way that is state-of-the-science. He presents the state of the science in a wonderful and meaningful way. He has also authored numerous articles published in scientific journals in which his peers subject papers to critical review. Dr. which he is willing and able to share with scientists and nonscientists alike. including large solar flares and coronal mass ejections spewing copious fluxes of charged particles with their associated magnetic and electric fields. is one of the most important references in our field. yet easy-to-understand way.Foreword This book is written by a world-renowned scientist. His recent book. Campbell carries an unbridled enthusiasm for geomagnetism.
Herbert W. Dr. the magnetic field of the Earth. International Association for Geomagnetism and Aeronomy . Kroehl General Secretary. Dr. He also tackles the controversial false science as it relates to geomagnetic fields. simplicity. Campbell has accepted the difficult task of talking to all of us about a complex and difficult-to-understand part of our environment. and he does so with superb clarity. and practicality.xiv Foreword relates these effects to events that occur in our daily lives.
Explanation of magnetism facts and study results will replace mathematics. We will discuss how correlations are established and then debunk some popular misconceptions about magnetism. In this time of majestic auroras and satellite-destroying magnetic storms.1. XV . Occurring every eleven years. To remedy this situation.) See Figure C. See Figure C. with fields that penetrate our environment and affect our lives. spectacular sporadic solar outbursts of particles and fields bombard our Earth's space and continue at a high level for several years. Earth magnetism has been of public interest for centuries but with the recent onset of the space age. You will have a personal. global interest focuses upon the curious Earth magnetism that guides the solar particles. Chapter 2 concerns the more exciting topic of magnetic applications in today's world. I have written this book for the interested nonscientist.2. the magnetic field study has become so scientific that the general public often seems to have been excluded from the developments.Preface The year 2000 ushered in a major sunspot maximum period. My purpose for Chapter 1 is to describe some historical details and to refresh our definitions of a few science words that we will need to use in our tour. just start with the second. (If you feel secure about the review topics in this first chapter. guided tour through these Earth field effects in just five chapters. Here I introduce you to the ways that natural magnetic fields impact our daily lives~from navigation to high-tech satellites to communications and power supplies.
1 I~.FIGURE C. all involved in magnetic navigation. magnetic-dip instrument. . ready to misinterpret everything. Chinese compass. and ghosts of patriarchs rising from their tombstones. These chapter topics are seen dispersed about her on the great Earth dipole field lines of force. FishyStuff (Nonsense) is watching nearby in the ocean. We see his route through the subject matter of the chapter: atoms. helical windings. a tourist starts out on a path through Earth fields as indicated by the multitude of dipole magnetic-field flowers.2 I~ VISTAS OF LIVES IN FIELDS: Our tourist finds herself at the center of the Earth's magnetic field effects--amazed by the consequences of magnetism (real and imagined) upon her daily life. In the distance are ships and satellites and the big-dipper constellation. FIGURE C. opposing fields. NATURE'S MAGNETISM: Guidebook in hand.
Preface xvii FIGURE C.3. . Both wish to be involved in the trip. our tour visits the deep-Earth source of the principal magnetic field and its surface image. See Figure C. the quiet-time "everyday" variation levels and the main field form a "bottom line" from which scientists measure the magnificent geomagnetic storms. We will also view quiet-time daily variations that are regularly superposed on our main field. Together. and Bear Facts (Good Science) is worrying about the many pole positions. The five different representations of the Earth's magnetic pole positions will be explained. Fishy Stuff (Nonsense) believes that a magnetic mountain exists at the pole. In Chapter 3.3 I~ SAILING THE MAGNETIC SEAS IN CALM WINDS: Under conditions of calm solar winds. Patterns on the successive sails follow the time evolution of the scientific field models. explorer-tourists are aboard ships sailing toward a variety of north poles. Earth's polarregion field that gives indirect evidence of the Sun's magnetic field direction. Our tour will also include an interesting quiet-time.
Chapter 5 ends our tour with questions and answers for those tourists who have developed a curiosity about how the fields are measured. our tour follows the spectacular field disturbances that start as blasts of particle ejections from our active Sun. how field records can be obtained.5. The destructive solar wind is driven from the Sun to the Earth's protective main magnetic field. and what books and electronic Web sites are recommended for further information. See Figure C.xviii Preface FIGURE C. Although such solar-terrestrial storms are of special interest to space scientists and satellite users. and indices of such activity. . these storms can affect the daily lives of all of us who live in modern developed countries. We will examine the storm impact at the Earth.4 I~ UMBRELLAFOR MAGNETIC STORMS: Our tourist tries an umbrella for protection from the bombardment of particles and fields that attend magnetic storms. See Figure C. what researched is now in progress.4. field appearances on magnetic records. In Chapter 4.
Preface xix FIGURE C. Fishy Stuff (Nonsense) has been relegated to the position of a stuffed bookend. November 2000 . let us start the tour. W. Have no fear.C. Now. I will see that we stay clear of mathematical equations and focus our time on the important ideas about our Earth's magnetism. A picture of Chapman. the modern father of space magnetism. is prominently displayed.5 II~ HARVESTING THE FIELDS: Seated at his desk. our tourist has magnetic field questions that can be answered by a display of Web sites on the computer screen or the supply of references on his bookshelf. waiting for further discoveries by the next generation of researchers.H. Bear Facts (Good Science) is away.
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xxi . I thank my wife. and the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA. Finally. Although most illustrations are of my own creation. away from household duties. I so enjoyed this regular Wednesday challenge that this book developed quite easily.C. for proofreading the manuscript and tolerating my time at the computer. the Space Environment Center of NOAA. I thank the many organizations that provided special figures for this book. I had to find ways to explain these phenomena without equations and to answer types of questions that rarely arise from my more scientific colleagues.H. the Geomagnetism Section of USGS.Acknowledgments This small book began during a Wednesday hiking group. Walter Page and my other nontechnical friends often asked questions about my lifelong specialty. in particular the National Geophysical Data Center of NOAA. W. Beth. the natural magnetic fields of the Earth.
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I1 1 Chapter 1 Nature's Magnetism We live on this Earth in a magnetic field environment that influences our daily lives in a variety of ways. indirect indications of magnetic fields abound in nature--we examine that evidence in our tour. Natural phenomena such as wind or rain are sensed directly as the strong blast of air hits our face or the soaking rain covers our head. We know that there is a gravity field because its magnitude and direction are sensed as it pulls us down the stairs or restrains the weight we wish to lift. Fortunately. I1. we have no obvious body sensors that can respond to magnetic fields to tell us its strength and direction. . The closest direct sensation of magnetic fields for us is the push or pull we experience when we draw two magnets close together. In contrast. I will point out and illustrate how the sources of these natural magnetic fields change in time and place. this is not an unusual route to understanding. In this guided tour we will explore some of the significant magnetic field effects and debunk some magnetic field myths. Along the way. acting as your guide. But we also identify these familiar processes indirectly as we look through a window and see a flag waving in the wind or hear rain hitting the rooftop of our house.1 I Finding the Fields Although most of our knowledge of the magnetic field is acquired indirectly.
a place of natural abundance for magnetic material in a region of ancient Macedonia. the magnetic spoon balanced on its heavy rounded cup so that the lighter handle pointed toward a southward compass direction.1). . Written records show that a Chinese compass. opposite the handle of the Big Dipper.1 II~ The Chinese spoon compass was carved from magnetite to resemble the Big Dipper constellation so that both bowls pointed in the northward direction. Then. Chu Yu. Si Nan. For ages it had been known that the last two stars on the bowl. had already been fabricated between 300 and 200 BE and used for the alignment of constructions to be magically harmonious with the natural Earth forces. the Chinese designed their spoon compass so that the bowl's outer lip would point in the horizontal northward direction (Figure 1. The Chinese fashioned their magnetized rock into a ladle-like shape.2 Chapter 1 Nature's Magnetism 11. Similarly. told of Chinese ship pilots using a compass for steering their ships in overcast cloudy conditions.21 Historical Tour Markers 1. point toward the North Star.1 Compass Origin The word magnet is thought to be derived from Magnesia. FIGURE 1. corresponding to our Big Dipper constellation (which the astronomers call Ursa Major). Plato wrote of the magnetic attraction of certain rocks that was well known to Greeks about 400 BC. a Cantonese author of 1117.2.
this was probably the first documented observation of the change in FIGURE 1. Pierre de Maricourt (better known as Padres Peregrinus). This force is a measure of the magnetic field strength and is the most direct evidence of the magnetic field's existence.2).Section 1. Peregrinus described the pole locations. an early word for "leading stone. and how similar poles repel (Figure 1. for which the negative and positive charges can be separated). For our Western culture. Loadstone (or lodestone). how the opposite magnetic poles of a compass attract each other. . had apparently seen the compass used in his ship travels to the Holy Land during (or immediately following) the Seventh Crusade of 1248-1254. A Frenchman. In 1269 he wrote about his scientific investigation of pivoted magnets and a spherical loadstone. By the early fifteenth century. He found that the magnetic poles always occurred in pairs of opposite signs (unlike electric charges. there would be even greater confusion. Geologists now call this loadstone material magnetite.2 I~ Force must be used to overcome the attraction of opposite magnetic poles. Christopher Columbus's navigation experience came from such trips. the compass was a typical fixture on Spanish and Portuguese ships trading along the West African coastline.2 Historical Tour Markers 1." was the name for the natural magnets used as compasses. The extensive ship's log that Columbus kept of his 1492 westward voyage of discovery to the Americas describes his curious observation of a growing misalignment between the magnetic north direction and the North Star. That means the Earth's pole in the northern Arctic region is really a magnet's south pole because it attracts the compass magnet's north pole.2 Global Explorations 3 Some unknown early Arabic or European merchant caravans returning from China to Turkey along the famous Silk Road undoubtedly brought the compass design to the eastern Mediterranean region mariners.2. The northward pointing pole has been named the magnet's north pole. at least by the late-twelfth-century Mediterranean seamen. But if it were given that name.
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FIGURE 1.3 I~ In the time of Columbus, the compass direction, when measured from the west coast of Spain and Portugal, pointed slightly west of the geographic north. Measured from the West Indies, the compass magnetic northward direction pointed considerably east of geographic north. Along an agonic line, magnetic northward coincides with the geographic northward.
declination (the angle between magnetic and geographic North Pole directions) with changing longitude. We now know that the Earth's magnetic North Pole is offset from the Earth's spin axis (geographic North Pole) by about a dozen degrees. It is presently tilted toward eastern North America and is gradually circling westward around the geographic pole, about once every two to three thousand years. In Columbus's time, if one looked northward from the eastern Atlantic Ocean, the two poles were essentially in alignment with the compass, pointing no more than a few degrees west of true north. That was fine for the Portuguese and Spanish merchant ships plying a narrow longitude sector along the west coast of Africa. However, as Columbus sailed to distant westward longitudes, the angular difference in alignment of the two locations at first went to zero, and then became greater, with the compass pointing drastically east of north as he entered the Caribbean Sea (Figure 1.3). His log indicated so much concern regarding this strange behavior that he fabricated excuses about
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FIGURE 1.4 I~ William Gilbert (1540-1603) produced the first scientific book about magnets and the Earth's magnetic field.
the North Star (rather than magnetic pole) location to his crew. The seamen were already distressed by the overdue landfall (Columbus's predicted Earth circumference was much too small). In those days everyone knew that the compass pointed northward to the fixed north pole location of a "magnetic mountain." Now, after the year 2000, due to the westward drift of the magnetic pole location, an alignment of magnetic and true north (agonic line) passes through eastern United States and the western Caribbean Sea rather than the east Atlantic Ocean of Columbus's time.
1.2.3 Geomagnetism Patriarchs
Let us pause now to talk about a few of the patriarchs of geomagnetism whose brilliant scientific contributions have brought us to our present level of magnetic field knowledge. We will start with the English physician to Queen Elizabeth I, William Gilbert (Figure 1.4), who is recognized as the father of the
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FIGURE 1.5 I~ A dipole field pattern is superposed on Gilbert's picture of the Great Earth Magnet of 1600 in which he shows how magnets would naturally arrange about the surface.
science of magnetism. His book, De Magnete, published in 1600, is a summation of the knowledge of his time and of his own magnetic experiments. He was the first to describe the Earth's main field as a giant magnet with a horizontal field at the Earth's equator and with two oppositely directed vertical fields at the Earth's poles. That is, the Earth had the field configuration expected from a magnetized iron bar (Figure 1.5) that had a pair of north and south magnetic poles separated by a fixed distance (the arrangement that we now call a dipole). The multiplication product of the strength of one of the poles times their separation distance is what scientists call the dipole moment of a magnet. Dipole moment values let us compare magnetized material, a small compass needle or the giant Earth itself. Measurements over the last 400 years tell us that the magnetic dipole moment of our Earth has been steadily decreasing since Gilbert's time.
the original design for our present public electric power plants. He focused his scientific curiosity on the relationship between magnetic fields and electric currents. James Clerk Maxwell (Figure 1.6). In addition. but spent much of his productive life in the United States. Gauss was also responsible for greatly improving the sensitivity of observatory instrumentation. In 1831.7). who originally worked in England. and fields. Maxwell By the middle of the nineteenth century many electromagnetic laws had been discovered for describing the separate behaviors of electric charges. In 1821. in a time of significant English maritime expansion. Faraday The next group of major discoveries in magnetism came from Michael Faraday (Figure 1. the present age of geomagnetism arrived with the long lifetime of extensive publications by Sydney Chapman (Figure 1. currents. In 1838. Gauss My list of the patriarchs also includes three mathematical geniuses who brought about a modern understanding of the magnetic processes. published a mathematical method to analyze the natural field observations and determine how much of the magnetic field measured at the Earth's surface comes from sources within the Earth. Germany.8) of Goettingen. Chapman Finally.9). mapping the magnetic field direction for navigational purposes.2 Historical Tour Markers 7 Halley Between 1697 and 1701. He produced the first chart of the full magnetic direction pattern for a major region of the Earth (Figure 1. he developed the first electric motor. =. Maxwell's mathematical equations for analysis and prediction remain to this day the best physical description of electricity and magnetism.Section 1. he constructed the first dynamo to generate electricity. . In 1893. Edmund Halley (more famous for his prediction of the return of the large comet that now bears his name) was commissioned to captain the ship Paramour in two voyages through the Atlantic Ocean.10). Carl Friedreich Gauss (Figure 1. a self-educated son of a blacksmith who eventually became the director of London's prestigious Royal Institution. all these relationships were brought together into a unified representation by a Scotsman. he established a major cooperative international network of observers to confirm the global extent of natural field disturbances.
8 Chapter 1 Nature's Magnetism FIGURE 1. With help from the distinguished field observer Julius Bartels of Germany. Geomagnetism.6 I~ This 1701 chart of magnetic declination contours for the Atlantic Ocean was produced by Edmund Halley.in 1940. The plotted declinations are inaccurate because of the difficulty in obtaining longitude at sea during the years of Halley's voyage. Chapman produced the first completely modern two-volume textbook. applying Maxwell's mathematics to the natural processes of the upper atmosphere and magnetic storms originating from solar mechanisms. Chapman became the father of space magnetism. who is more famous for his prediction of the orbit for a comet that bears his name. .
7 l~ Michael Faraday (1791-1867). .Section 1.8 II~ Carl Friedreich Gauss (1777-1855) used mathematical techniques to distinguish between contributions to the surface magnetic fields from sources out in space (external) and sources below (internal to) the Earth. who experimented with the relationship of electric and magnetic fields. devised the first electric motor and electric current generator.2 Historical Tour Markers 9 FIGURE 1. FIGURE 1.
10 Chapter 1 Nature's Magnetism FIGURE 1.10 I~ Sydney Chapman (1888-1970) was an early space-science pioneer and father of modern geomagnetic studies. FIGURE 1.9 I~ James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) devised the mathematical formulation for the physics of electricity and magnetism that is still in use today. .
5). out of or into the Earth.31 Local Language Dictionary 1.11).is used to identify our Earth combined with its following root word. 11. However.Section 1.11 I~ This is an early instrument for measurement of the Earth's main magnetic field dip angle. This feature is still used in paleomagnetic studies to interpret the apparent . popular use has favored the shortened term magnetism. to identify global north and south magnetic dip latitudes (see also Figure 1. Our tour has its focus on geomagnetism. as has been done for the magnetic pole location found on global charts. as in geographic (related to Earth mapping) and geophysical (related to the physical properties of the Earth).3 LocalLanguageDictionary 11 FIGURE 1.1 Earth Fields. points at different angles. the dipping angle of a special compass needle that is freely suspended at its horizontal balance location (Figure 1. when the context of a sentence is clearly understood to relate to our planet.3. to become fully attracted to our magnetic subject. Because the Earth behaves as a great dipole magnet. The prefix gee. Steady and Changing Now. the natural fields within and around the Earth. let us explore some word meanings and mildly technical terms that we use in this guided tour. Let us start with the meaning of geomagnetism.
the 24-hour oscillation period of daily temperature goes from a pre-dawn minimum to the following post-noon maximum and back to the next day's minimum (Figure 1. The prefix paleo. In addition. As we shall see in our tour. This variation field has some irregular amplitude-changing parts of limited duration and some parts with prescribed periods of oscillation. Researchers have found that the geomagnetic variation field amplitudes generally decrease in size as the characteristic duration or oscillation period becomes shorter. what we measure with our field instruments is a summation of all the natural fields that are at the place of measurement (Figure 1.12 II~ When the amplitude of a measurement oscillates in a regular fashion. meaning ancient.12).13). . paleolatitude locations of ancient rocks that became magnetized at their time of formation millions of years ago. But what do the scientists mean by periods of oscillation? This is the time for something that changes to complete one cycle--for example. Geomagnetic variation fields have durations or oscillation periods from fractions of a second to many months. the laws of physics require that the further we go away from a magnetic field source. For example. Why does the field have a rapid variation part when we thought that there was just a big dipole-like magnet that caused the Earth's field? Well.12 Phase Chapter 1 Nature's Magnetism -8 < Time = I I Period = 24 hours FIGURE 1. we say that the daily temperature frequency is 1 cycle per day or that some magnetic fields have a frequency of 3 cycles per second. which is the number of oscillations (cycles) in one unit of time. a superposed natural field of much smaller amplitude. the weaker the effect of that field becomes. but more dramatic appearance. is rapidly changing. The strongest part of geomagnetic fields varies so slowly over the years that we call it the main or steady field.and 24-hour periods are shown. Stronger fields usually seem to be generated by sources that are spread over greater distances. In contrast. is used in geophysics to indicate those distant prehistoric times. Examples of 12. The inverse of the period is the frequency. the time for one oscillation to occur is called its period. The position of the first maximum (measured in degrees with respect to a 360 ~ full oscillation) is called the phase of the oscillation.
The effectiveness of this field.14). at 2 inches from a magnet. of course.3 Local Language Dictionary I 13 i m MAIN FIELD LEVEL 12677 GAMMAS I ~ O Q < 00 01 02 03 I 04 1 05 150 degrees West Meridian Time FIGURE 1. having both a pushing (pulling) strength and a direction of the action. iron. this control is measured by the force. 1.Section 1. The strength of this magnetic field decreases with the cube of the distance from the magnetic source (Figure 1. or iron-rich rocks. there are many different sources of magnetic fields. Scientists call this regional environment characteristic the magnetic permeability.3. Alaska. magnetic observatory. . that can move another magnet. For example. to find out how special fields are tied to processes in space or below the Earth's surface. The horizontal axis indicates the local time from midnight to 5 AM. The irregular trace shows a magnetic field disturbance that varies over 1000 gammas (magnetic field units) in size.2 Forces at Work A magnetic field can be defined by the control that is exerted on certain substances that invade a region near a magnet or a steady electric current. the magnetic field is one-eighth of the field at 1 inch.13 I~ A disturbance field variation at the Fairbanks. Scientists try to separate these sources by special analysis techniques to determine where on our Earth the fields are similar. Of course. and to discover what physical mechanisms can cause the various periods of field oscillation to occur. At the place where a field exists. The field effect of a magnet held in the air has a different attraction on an intruding material if the magnet and material are submersed in oil. the word "near" is relative to the strength of the magnet or current. also depends on the special magnetic characteristics of the region in which the field exists.
I had just purchased a new 6-foot grandfather clock for our home. The clock problem was solved by replacing the magnetized iron weights with unmagnetized ones. 0.1 1.14 Chapter 1 Nature's Magnetism 1.6 "o It.. Not long ago I had an interesting personal magnetic field experience. By gently flicking the paper. the magnetic field of the iron bars exerted an attracting force on the metal clock pendulum. Direct (not oscillating) current through a wire that is wound into a helix (as thread is wound on a spool) creates what is called an electromagnet. To my dismay... the clock regularly stopped before the weight-winding system ran down. c !. the newly magnetized filings align with the magnetic field to display the dipole field pattern of the bar magnet (Figure 1. Somehow.4 n- 0. 1. heavy iron bars. What I thought were large brass winding weights to drive the clock mechanism were really just decorative brass cans containing less expensive. The stopping of a clock pendulum had provided the indirect evidence of a nearby.00 4.14 I~ The strength of a field originating at a dipole magnet is shown to decrease rapidly with distance away from the magnet. When the manufacturer's representative came to investigate. Science teachers illustrate these invisible magnetic fields using a simple bar magnet placed just below a sheet of paper. > . strong attracting magnetic field. probably in shipping when the delivery box was sharply jarred.15).0 DIPOLE FILED DECREASE WITH DISTANCE 0. the iron bars had been accidentally magnetized. When the metal pendulum of the clock traveled near one of the weights. slowing it to a stop. 0.00 3.50 2.50 3._ *. The field .00 1. he discovered that magnetism was the problem.50 4.0 ..2 0.8 e.. A file is used to scrape an iron nail so that some filings fall on the paper just over the spot where the magnet is hiding..00 Distance to Dipole Center FIGURE 1.00 2.50 5.
gamma (y) and nanotesla (nT).Section 1.3. current-driven electromagnets have been manufactured with a reputed capacity for lifting 75 tons--the weight of an entire train engine. we need some units for measuring how strong a magnetic field can be at any place away from the source.15 I~ A magnetic field pattern is formed by iron filings on a sheet of paper that covers a dipole magnet. pattern from this winding has a dipolar form. nanotesla (one-millionth of a Tesla equals 1 gamma). The strong fields that we examine in this book come from natural magnetized material. 1. In this book we use the simpler Greek letter gamma (y) because it is older. Giant. is the proper unit officially . similar to that of the bar magnet. the equivalent name.3 Measuring Scales Although the dipole moment lets us compare the field sources. the Greek letter honors a famous geomagnetician (Gauss). and from currents in the region of space above our planet. Nevertheless. Space scientists confuse the public by using two equivalent units for the field strength.3 LocalLanguage Dictionary 15 FIGURE 1. and y is more in use by the Earth magnetism and space science communities. it provides a convenient size for the natural fields that we examine. from electric current sources deep within the Earth.
The Tesla units are preferred by physicists and engineers.000.000 gammas in polar regions to about half this size near the equator. 100. the Gauss (1 Gauss =100. EARTH MAIN FIELD 10.000. Field variations from hundreds to several thousand gammas in size. The Earth's main field varies from about 60. is a convenient size for paleomagnetic studies.O B GEOMAGNETIC PULSATIONS HUMAN HEART TYPICAL MAGNETIC SENSOR r-. called SI Units.00001 HUMAN BRAIN SQUID MAGNETIC SENSOR FIGURE 1. Note that the gamma (nanotesla) scale is logarithmic (meaning that each step upward is 10 times larger than the step below). We will be visiting all of these phenomena in our tour. and lasting from hours to a full day or more.16 I~ The size of magnetic fields originating from various sources. assigned by an International System committee for standardizing the world's scientific naming system. Chapter 1 Nature's Magnetism AURORAL ZONE MAGNETIC STORMS CITY NOISE MID-LATITUDE MAGNETIC STORMS MID-LATITUDE QUIET-DAY CHANGES E E r "o t~ 10. 1.000 gammas). The Earth's natural pulsation fields have been measured from about ten gammas to the tiny onethousandth of a gamma. with oscillation periods ranging from several minutes to fractions of a second.0001 0. The field sizes of these and other sources are compared in Figure 1. 1. t~ 0. . occur during a geomagnetic storm.16.01 0.0 .16 100.001 0. Quiet-time daily variations of the field at mid-latitudes can be tens of gammas in amplitude.1 0. Another unit.000.
Section 1.3 LocalLanguageDictionary 1.3.4 Locating the Fields
Geomagnetism is a global phenomenon that shows differing behavior at various latitude regions (zones) of the Earth (Figure 1.17). These zones are specified by their relationship to a pair of principal regions: the auroral zone, where the Northern Lights (or their Aurora Australis companion in the Southern Hemisphere) are most commonly observed; and to the equatorial zone, where the Earth's main magnetic field is directed horizontally. Instead of delineating exactly where in the 0 ~ to 90 ~ north or south latitude something happens, geomagneticians use names of six latitude zones: 1. the polar caps, where the Earth's main field is nearly vertically aligned, 2. the auroral zones, regions of the most frequent northern and southern auroras, 3. the high latitudes, near enough to the auroral zones to be greatly affected during solar-terrestrial disturbances, 4. the equatorial region, within a few degrees around the magnetic dip equator, where the Earth's horizontal field creates special upper-atmosphere effects, 5. the low latitudes, just outside the equatorial region, and 6. the mid (middle) latitudes locations, between regions 3 and 5, where many of the populated countries of the world are found. Of course, although we have marked rather precise zones on the global map in Figure 1.17, the boundary markers of these regions are, in fact, rather inexact. For example, often the auroral zone activity expands into the polar cap, and on rare occasions the auroras appear at the middle latitudes.
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Generalized locations of geomagnetic study regions.
18 1.3.5 Nature's Basic Particles
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To understand the magnetic fields on our Earth we also need a quick review of the meaning of the words atoms, elements, molecules, ions, electric current, and conductivity. Let us start with an early model for the building blocks of all matter, often called the elements. This word clearly implies an inability for something to be further subdivided into other substances. Because this term appears in many nonscientific contexts, scientists use an equivalent but more specific term, atom. All atoms have a heavy central, positively charged part called the nucleus that carries almost all the weight and characteristic properties of the atom. In the simplest model design, electrons orbit around the nucleus. These electrons are small spinning particles, each carrying one negative electric charge. The electron paths are somewhat like planetsthat surround the Sun of our solar system; however, electron locations are not restricted to a unique plane but, rather, occur at prescribed orbital shell distances. Depending on the number of electrons, up to seven specific shells can be formed about the atom's nucleus. The nucleus of all atoms is composed of neutrons that have no charge and protons that are positively charged (except hydrogen, which has only one proton and no neutrons). The number of protons is equal to the number of electrons, so that the whole atom is electrically neutral (uncharged). Protons and neutrons each have about the same weight, almost 2000 times the weight of an electron. Scientists call the total number of protons and neutrons the atomic weight of the specific atom. The number of protons (or electrons) in each atom is called the atomic number and fixes the sequential order of all the atoms" hydrogen = 1, helium = 2, l i t h i u m - 3 . . . . . n i t r o g e n - 7, o x y g e n - 8 . . . . . s o d i u m - 11 . . . . . chlorine = 17 . . . . . s i l v e r - 47 . . . . . gold = 79, . . . , lead = 8 2 , . . . , uranium = 92, . . . , and so on (Figure 1.18). At present more than 100 distinct atoms are known. The term atom was taken from the Greek word for indivisible because early studies implied that the atoms were the limiting segment of natural materials. We now know that there are radioactive atomic particles that are not indivisible but, rather, spontaneously decay into other atoms. Also, nuclear physicists have further subdivided the atomic structure of the nucleus using extremely complex techniques and a special mathematics of quantummechanical modeling. Nevertheless, the three principal parts of the atoms described here essentially define the chemical properties that we need as a starting point in our tour. The atom's electron shells are filled in order, starting with the innermost. The first shell of an atom can hold only two electrons. The second shell
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FIGURE 1.18 I~ The hydrogen atom has just one proton and one electron. The oxygen atom has eight protons, eight neutrons, and eight electrons. The water molecule has one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms.
becomes full with eight electrons. The third shell is also full with eight electrons, by may carry up to eighteen when another outer shell exists. The atomic outer shells, after the first, are all considered full with eight electrons (but can contain more on rare occasions). Atoms with full outer shells are quite stable (they don't combine with other atoms). For example, helium has only two electrons in a single orbit, and neon has two electrons in its inner shell and eight in its second (outer) shell. P, M o l e c u l e s Molecules are special combinations of atoms that have become bonded together. One important way that this bonding occurs is by the sharing of electrons so that a full outer shell of electrons is formed while the molecule itself remains electrically neutral. Hydrogen (atomic number 1) with just one electron in its single shell is ready to react with other atoms. A hydrogen atom can share its electron with another hydrogen, forming a hydrogen gas molecule and completing the two-electron first shell for each. The oxygen atom (atomic number 8), with two electrons in its first shell and only six in its outer shell, is ready to take up two electrons. A water molecule has two
The negatively charged electrons can be stripped away.20). Two oxygen atoms can join to share two electrons of their outer shells and form an oxygen gas molecule. Nitrogen (atomic number 7) can share an outer electron with another nitrogen to form a nitrogen gas molecule. There is only a relatively small amount of other molecules (such as argon. .19). A sodium atom (atomic number 11) with just one electron in its third shell readily shares this with a chlorine atom (atomic number 17). leaving a positive ion. Molecules can be split into groups of positively and negatively charged ions or into electrons and positive ions.18). Our atmosphere near the Earth's surface (excluding considerable water vapor) is mainly a mixture of almost 78% molecular nitrogen and 21% molecular oxygen (Figure 1. to form sodium chloride. carbon dioxide. Ions and Current Atoms and molecules sometimes are broken into parts that are no longer electrically neutral. and helium) in the smog-free air we breathe. That combination allows the completion of both two-electron and eight-electron shared orbits to be formed (Figure 1. which has just seven electrons in its third shell. For example.19 I~ Composition of air and some examples of atoms that combine to form molecules. the molecule of table salt. hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. These parts are called ions. the Northern Lights (auroral displays) occur when the air molecules of nitrogen and oxygen have been ionized after being bombarded with incoming particles (Figure 1.20 O+O ~ 02 Two oxygen atoms form oxygen gas N+N ~ N2 Two nitrogen atoms form nitrogen gas Chapter 1 Nature's Magnetism 2 1 % 0 2 + 7 8 % N 2 + 1% other gases = air Molecular oxygen and nitrogen gases make up atmospheric air H+H+O ~ H20 Two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom form water Na+Cl~ NaCI One sodium atom and one chlorine atom form table salt FIGURE 1. neon.
described earlier. the conductivity of rain water is less than that of the wet Earth.~. For example.3 Local Language Dictionary 21 . ions or electrons that compose the current. called its conductivity. When a stream of either all-negative or all-positive charged particles move together in a specific direction. producing other characteristic auroral colors. produces a strong one-directional field through the central region of its wire windings (Figure 1. By convention. This is because the moving charges. That is why the helical winding of the electromagnet. can have their direction diverted by a magnetic field.p e" e" FIGURE 1.20 II~ A bombarding electron (e-) from a solar disturbance hits a nitrogen molecule (N2) of the high atmosphere. . This convention means that negatively charged electrons flowing to the right would be called a current flowing to the left. the current direction is taken to be the direction that the positive ions would flow. and the specific type of metal determines the conductivity for that wire current. If you think of the fingers of your right hand as surrounding the current flow. We are interested in the conductivity of the ionized high atmosphere. with the thumb pointing in the direction of the electric current. The N2 releases its excited energy as auroral light (hv) in colors characteristic of N2 +. the conductivity of air is a lot less than that of ocean water. the conductivity also depends on the direction of the current with respect to the Earth's local magnetic field.. All electric currents of moving charged particles produce their own magnetic fields. How easily the current flows in a medium naturally depends on some special characteristics of that flow region. The current in a metal wire consists of electrons that are pushed along by a battery or other power source.Section 1. These fields flow around the axis of the current direction in a fashion that is called the right-hand rule. +. Similar ionizations occur from bombardment of the atmospheric oxygen molecules. the flow is called an electric current. In that gaseous region. and the conductivity of copper wire is greater than all of these. An electron is stripped from the outer shell of the N2 making it an excited ion (N+*) and doubling the number of electrons in the region. then the fingers of your hand point in the direction of the magnetic field that circles the current.21).
Rather. Plate 5) and marking the Earth's main field extension into space. 11.22 Chapter 1 Nature's Magnetism FIELD ELECTROMAGNET current out current in FIELD FIGURE 1. nor with the magnetic fields that concern engineers working in electronic information storage and transfer. the charges will form tight spirals about the field lines and be guided along in an overall forward direction as a field-aligned current.41 OurTour of the Fields In our guided tour I will not trouble you with the special studies of physics laboratories..21 I~ Electric currents flowing in a wire cause a magnetic field that circles the wire. I will describe the natural magnetic fields found in our everyday environment. Such behavior is often visible in auroras as field-aligned luminosity excited by the bombarding electrons that hit the air molecules.g. The magnetic field can be concentrated in a single direction by a toroidal winding of the wire. causing them to glow (e. The sources of such fields . In a gas of energetic charged particles that are moving together in a strong. generally linearly directed magnetic field.
Natural currents. pipelines. Some magnetic field fluctuations are also naturally generated by the motion of conductors in the Earth's large main field (in a manner similar to the hydroelectric generation of electricity by turbines that move wire through the field of a large magnet). In subsequent chapters. in large measure. liquid outer core of the Earth. . Careful mapping of these field contributions show they fall far short of providing the major contribution to the observed Earth's main field. magnetized materials.Section 1. However. The part of the magnetic field from sources away from the surface is. flowing in the Earth's surrounding space. the main field at the Earth's surface. In our next chapter we will visit some of the many consequences that all the natural fields bestow on our modern lives. and electricity transmission lines. Two examples of these natural sources are the motion of conducting atmospheric ions in the Earth's main field and the motion of conducting ocean waves in the Earth's main field. are a major source of variations observed in the surface measurements of magnetic field. due to currents flowing in our space environment. and natural current systems above the Earth. These external fields induce currents to flow in both the conducting Earth and in man-made conductors such as storage tanks. is actually a summation of a field from sources inside the solid Earth and another field that is caused by field sources away from the Earth's surface. Naturally magnetized rocks are found broadly distributed about the Earth's surface. from currents induced to flow in the conducting Earth because of sources above the Earth's surface. in a subsequent chapter we will see how measurements of the Earth's crustal fields are important for understanding the natural history of our Earth's magnetic field evolution. and from natural magnetized materials in the Earth's crust. We will learn that the inside (internal) part mainly comes from currents flowing in the deep. I will show that our measurements of the principal field that moves our compass needles. We will wait until the later chapters to describe how these geomagnetic field sources are generated. We want to discover how these magnetic fields can affect our lives. A magnetic mountain assumed to attract the compass needle of Columbus's time just doesn't exist.4 Our Tour of the Fields 23 are strong currents deep within the Earth.
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If (because of induced fields in metal objects) a phase difference is detected. Here we will not only show you the magnetic effects that have become important to modern society but also refute some beliefs about magnetism that are completely fictitious. A field sensor within the door compares the phases (see Figure 1. Within the security passageway. knives. The triggering phase-difference measurement is adjusted to eliminate small effects. etc. keys. 25 .Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields Our guided tour of magnetic fields now begins with some views of the ways natural magnetic fields about the Earth have influenced our environment and are impacting our daily lives (see Plate 6). an alarm is sounded.1). which induces secondary currents in metal objects carried by the passenger. watches. from rings. airport security personnel require all passengers to pass through a large rectangular security door (Figure 2.12) of the returned and generated signal oscillations. for example. At concourse entrances.1.7) research on the induction of currents in conducting materials. We can credit this invention to Michael Faraday's (see Figure 1. IzlJ Fields Making a Difference 2. The sensor responds to metal eyeglass frames. an oscillating field is generated. coins.1 Travel and Exploration Airplane travelers all have a first-hand experience with magnetic fields and field measuring devices. called magnetometers. guns. Let us start the tour with the more familiar applications.
the special navigation charts also indicate the declination adjustment expected for each year following the chart publication date so that a ship's captain can estimate the correction to be applied when using a compass direction for a voyage. In addition to the magnetic northward direction. (Although some Australians have merrily rejected their "down under" status by producing a revised world map with south toward the top. is also important for the traveler. Ships at sea. forest rangers. back-country travelers.2). Because the declination changes slowly over the years (Figure 2. On the modern vessels. printed nearby. have a compass as part of their navigation system.26 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2. By universal convention. the map date. Hikers.) Usually marked at the lower edge of a detailed map is a magnetic declination arrow showing the direction that a compass needle will point toward the magnetic north in that map area (Figure 2. and small-boat captains all know the value of a map and compass.3). from fishing vessels to luxury cruise ships.satellite-dependent . most maps and charts indicate the geographic north as the direction toward the top of the display.1 I~ The airport security magnetometer senses the effect of magnetic fields from small electric currents induced to flow in metal objects carried by the passenger.
. is always displayed on the best maps.2 I~ Magnetic declination... Arizona. f "' .. I .. .. .~ J.. 1900 1910 1920 1930 I ~~-~-~-i 1950 ~--~.. 1980 1940 FIGURE 2..~oIr.... ..~ ... ~ t ". 65 W i s~ii=E..... ~ ' R ..0 - 13. I k 45' R.... .S.. ... I iN~EIII~iI~-.i ~ ..~" .... 66 W..0 - % ~. DENVER... ...tD~I 9 FRONT RANGE URBAN CORRIDOR GREATER DENVER AREA COLORADO N3922._~.5/37. .~ . I 1990 1 1 . .* In m U. '2200000 FEET'~ q.. ~. i ...L .. " .. .5 -- 14..0 -- % o C2 e 12.. COLORADO 80225.. |g'22'30" 104o37. from 1910 to 1986. Figure from the Geomagnetism Section of USGS. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.5X48 FOR SALE BY U.. along with the date.. I" . 14..5 A 4. .. I"85.~..5 - o o o o 12. ~ .. II|iIY(H(. . " ' ' -.~ .~.. . . ... ~ ( " sl$1n (iG W ..30- "1" I ' ' I . . .. y t l l l G i N J & ....... ~ ~ . ~ i " ..VIRGINIA 22092 FIGURE 2.' ' 1'.i-dC--~:-L~... 5 ..-~ ' ' Y 7S i3rdS'kN. ~ ... I .3 I~ The change of declination at Tucson.5--W 10437...1 1960 1970 .1 Fields Making a Difference 27 9 '~f~. OR RESTON... i .Section 2... o4LO~I(~AL ILiIIIYI[ ~.I In q) Q) 01 13. I I .
. used the Southern Cross constellation for guidance.=.D Q t _ t~ r-. global positioning systems (see Section 2.4). longitude at sea was poorly determined from estimates of a ship's direction and speed. Horizontal North P01e 90' Latitude 45* Latitude o Z m 0 "1- L_ tO N 0* Latitude (Equator) 45* Latitude FIGURE 2. p.4 I~ The North Star's elevation angle above the horizon equals the latitude of the ship at sea.28 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields O r <D a L_ ~ t _ .1. Navigators in the Southern Hemisphere. For years. 49) have replaced the older navigational aids.. so the stately ship compasses are kept for reliable backup service. cO r E3 t_ CO co Z o Z r 0 r . It wasn't until the production of sea-worthy chronometers after 1757 that a ship's longitude could be found using the midday time of the maximum elevation of the Sun determined with a ship clock that was originally set so its noon hour corresponded to the port clock at the departure longitude. Nevertheless.. In the years of global exploration the geographic northward direction and ship's latitude were always rather easy to determine using the North Star horizontal direction for northward and that star's elevation angle for latitude (Figure 2. modern electronic systems have been known to occasionally fail.9. where the North Star cannot be seen.
With the development of superior clocks that could accomodate the unstable motion at sea. . fine adjustments were added for small variations in the North Star's location and for the seasonal change in Sun's position.6). Today. small airplanes. In later years. a ship's location longitude was determined using the timing of the Sun's highest position. as well as many freighters and passenger ships. 12 noon was determined while the ship was anchored in port at Greenwich. England. then the ship's location was 1 hour west of the original port or 15 ~ west because 360 ~ around the world means 24 hours.5 I~ After the invention of an accurate nautical clock in 1757. so 15 ~ equals 1 hour (Figure 2.1 Fields Making a Difference 29 FIGURE 2. This method of naming runways accommodates the numerous small planes that fly on compass directions only. navigation directions were set with the ship's magnetic compass together with a chart of the declination values for that region of the ocean. airport runways are identified with their eastward magnetic declination value to the nearest degree (Figure 2. For example.Section 2. longitude determinations improved in the time of Captain James Cook's voyages of discovery. in an age of modern electronic navigation systems. if the shipboard measurement of the highest Sun position was observed to occur at 1 P M according to the ship's clock. on the voyage. By international agreement. still identify their course in magnetic directions from their onboard compasses. Between star sightings and in overcast conditions. In this example.5).
6 I~ Airplane runway number 87 is named for its magnetic compass alignment. magnetospheric field measurements are consistently near the t o p o f all lists of exploratory satellite equipment for mapping the main field and investigating the important physics of particle disturbances in space (Figure 2. An onboard device compared the observed and the desired values of the Earth's magnetic field to orient the satellite. satellite alignment was initiated using a magnetic sensor.7). In the beginning years of space exploration. Rocks such as magnetite (three atoms of iron joined to four atoms of oxygen--Fe304) contain so much iron that they are noticeably attracted to a magnet placed near their surface. On a microscopic scale. scientists have known that the Earth's field in space influences the behavior of the charged particles populating that distant region and call it the magnetosphere. Field-line navigation in the magnetosphere has found a place in the modern space age.2 Magnetic Rocks Most of the rocks that we find on the Earth's surface have some iron atoms among their constituents. 87~ east of geographic north. For many years. 2. Although more sophisticated systems are now used for alignment. such iron-rich rock materials show tiny separated magnetic domains in which .1. Man-made satellites have to be aimed to properly use their solar panels and to align their Earth sensors and communication systems. Subsequent adjustment with star sensors then trimmed the final position.30 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2.
all the atoms with magnetic properties are aligned in a single direction.8) have been modified to maximize and concentrate the magnetization.8). the rock is said to be magnetized (Figure 2. When most of these domains show a similar directional alignment. Such materials find use in everything from refrigerator magnets to temporary fasteners to industrial magnets for production-line service in manufacturing. If such a magnetized rock is suspended with a thread near the middle of its long axis. the microscopic magnetic domains become randomly oriented due to the heat so that the rock material loses its magnetization. For each magnetic material at temperatures above a specific high level called the Curie Temperature (about 500 to 800 ~ Centigrade or 932 to 1472 ~ Fahrenheit).7 I~ The satellite magnetometer is located at the end of a long boom to avoid the noisy magnetic fields from satellite electrical systems. Paleomag- .1 Fields Making a Difference 31 FIGURE 2. the rock will align itself north-south as a compass needle does. Scientists studying the structure of magnetic rocks have been able to create new materials in which the field domain and boundary regions (Figure 2.Section 2.
14). Arrows show the dipole field alignment within the domains. who study these rocks.32 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields 1 Before Magnetization After Magnetization FIGURE 2.3. neticians study the ways that rocks become naturally magnetized and what such rocks reveal about the paleo years of Earth formation. Hot lava (magma from deep within the Earth) is at temperatures higher than the Curie Temperature and therefore composed of many randomly oriented magnetic domains. p. continue to discover new ways that this remanent (leftover) magnetization occurs in nature. Rocks about the Earth are often found to be naturally magnetized. let us pause in our tour to look at how most natural rock magnetization arises.8 I~ Areas enclosed by curved lines indicate the microscopic magnetic domains in a rock before and after magnetization. Try magnetizing an iron file by aligning its long axis with the Earth's main field direction and then sharply hit the end of the file with a hammer. By placing them adjacent to an extremely strong magnetic field (early sailing ships always carried a strong loadstone for the occasional remagnetization of the ship's compass needle). By sudden jarring so that the magnetic domains realign with the Earth's strong local natural field--while holding the long axis of the material along the direction shown by a compass.2. Pieces of iron and those rocks that contain a considerable amount of iron atoms (called ferrous atoms) can be artificially magnetized several ways: 1. By heating them and then letting them cool to below the Curie Temperature in a magnetic field. and 3. As this liquid rock material cools into igneous . 2. Jarring is probably what accidentally magnetized the iron clock weights of my grandfather clock (see Section 1. Although geophysicists.
the overall alignment of the many particles is.Section 2.1 Fields Making a Difference 33 FIGURE 2. Often many layers of these rocks are subsequently exposed by natural land uplift (Figure 2. Fine rock dust is dissolved in the water of streams and lakes.10) or road cuts. at first. Such dust often has the remains of magnetic domains that were jointly oriented in their earlier rock formation. Using either special radioactive dating techniques or historical information on the volcanic eruption to identify the age of the cooled magma. many of the magnetic domains align themselves with that local field (Figure 2. the paleomagnetician measures the rock sample to establish the ancient paleofield direction. which preserves a record of the local main field at the time the magma hardens. The rock dust eventually settles to the bottom and is gradually compacted to form sandstone and mudstone. While moving with the water. The rock thus formed is said to have a remanent magnetism indicative of the Earth's field at the time of the cooling--which may have been many thousands of years ago.9). When .9 II~ Remanent magnetism of igneous rock results from the cooling of hot volcanic lava. scrambled by the water currents. The particles have time to align their magnetic domains with the Earth's local magnetic direction of that formation period for the sedimentary (formed by settling) rock. (formed-in-heat) rock in the Earth's main field.
Scientists have also identified metamorphic(form-changed) rocks in which gradual physical and chemical changes over time have altered their rock structure and composition along with their remanent magnetization. the randomly oriented magnetic domains in the clay become magnetized along the Earth's local field direction.11). Laboratory measurements of magnetic fields from mud-.10 I~ Iron is responsible for the red color of these spires at Bryce Canyon.34 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2. and sandstone rock samples can reveal the direction of the Earth's field that existed at the time of each layer formation. silt-. Studies of this type are called . he or she can determine the Earth's ancient field direction corresponding to the time that each sedimentary rock layer was formed. Magnetic rock materials also exist in the clay used for bricks and pottery. At high baking kiln temperatures. Sedimentary layers at the base of these formations were created about 150 million years ago by a shallow sea. archaeologic relics can reveal the geomagnetic main field dip angle (angle of the field from the horizontal plane) at the time of pot firing (Figure 2. The pictured formations were deposited in lakes that existed about 70 million years ago. the paleomagnetician measures the remanent field of a vertical series of such rock samples. Upon cooling and hardening. the Curie Temperature level of ferrous clay is exceeded. Because the bricks are fired horizontally and the molded clay pots are usually fired in an upright or upside-down position. Utah.
That angle determines the north or south magnetic latitudes and the apparent magnetic polar locations at the time of magnetization (recall Figure 1. armed with rather accurate charts of the ancient field behavior. Now. the magnetization of rock samples from layers at the sample site (formed over a long period of time) can reveal the history of the Earth's changing field direction. Because the main geomagnetic field has a dipole-like field pattern.3 P r e h i s t o r i c Fields a n d C o n t i n e n t a l Drift Often when scientists can date rock specimens from other evidence. 2. on many occasions.11 I~ A Mayan pot from Mexico in which the local magnetic field was preserved during the original firing of the clay.1 FieldsMaking a Difference 35 FIGURE 2. completely reversed its direction. rocks that cannot be dated in the laboratory by radio- . In addition. the geomagnetic main field has. After allowing for continental drift.5). archaeomagnetism because of the importance to those specialists interested in ancient man-made (archaeological) structures.Section 2. the field direction evidence shows a continuous westward movement of the magnetic poles (with respect to the Earth's north and south geographic spin-axis poles) over millions of years.1. the field makes a unique angle (dip) with the Earth's surface at each latitude on our globe.
This pattern-matching method is similar to tree-ring dating. In recent years. it becomes magnetized by the local field at the time of its emergence.12 II~ The established record of main field polarity reversals that have been obtained from global rock samples. The field directions have now been recorded with instruments towed near the ocean bottom.13). Antarctica. The cooled magma. in which concentric rings of annual growth show a unique spacing pattern. special crustal regions. The process has been compared to an extremely slow-moving tape recorder. Some of the moving oceanic plates collide with the continents before they are eventually pulled down by gravity into deep ocean troughs near continental margins. have been found to show long ridges where hot magma is slowly rising from deep within the Earth.0 inches) a year. spreads perpendicular to the ridge (called seafloor spreading) ever so slowly along the ocean bottom. with its field identification. but are continuing to separate. The Earth's continents are moved as the oceanic plates push against and under the continental margins causing what is called a continental drift.12). Australia.36 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2. The dating of the ocean-bottom field-reversal patterns has revealed an oceanic plate motion spreading perpendicular to the ridge line at about 2. In those two matched continental regions. often toward the middle of our major oceans. The obvious coastal pattern fit in the South Atlantic between eastern South America and western Africa represents the continental drift of these two continents away from their common oceanic spreading ridge. becoming an oceanic plate that holds a recording of the reversals in field direction over the millions of years of Earth formation (Figure 2. similar geology. India is pushing up against Asia.5 to 25 centimeters (1 to 10. activity techniques can be assigned an approximate formation time by matching their paleomagnetic direction pattern to the well-established field reversal pattern (Figure 2. and India were also once connected. forming the Himalayan Mountains. The material is then recycled into the hot magma interior of the Earth's mantle. and paleomagnetic field directions have been identified. ancient flora. Africa is pushing into . As this material cools.
Section 2.1. Europe.4 Field Mapping and Geologic Exploration A first step in the mineral exploration of a region is a magnetic survey to reveal the Earth's crust structure below the exposed geology (see Plate 7).1 Fields Making a Difference 37 FIGURE 2. By measuring short-period magnetic field fluctuations and their companion electric fields . The local steady (main) magnetic field background and the recurring regular daily variation fields are subtracted from the observations to reveal the pattern of the magnetic materials within the crust. 2. or by using ships with cables attached to sensors that are towed just above the continental shelf.14). closing the Mediterranean Sea. Such measurements are made with sensitive magnetic field sensors carried through a grid pattern by researchers while walking over the area or by flying over it in airplanes (aeromagnetics) in low-altitude grid patterns (Figure 2.13 I~ Seafloor spreading and magnetic field reversals provide evidence of the oceanic plate motion that causes continental drift. Earth satellites can now accurately measure the slow drifts of these continents.
128). wise surveyors delay their work until the quieter periods return so that the natural magnetic noise (see Figure 1. National solar-terrestrial disturbance forecasting centers provide the geophysi- . Then the search is sharpened with complex seismic modeling of the region's responses to the passage of the explosion's sound waves. To the experienced eye of the exploration geophysicist. During naturally occurring magnetic disturbances.38 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2. All the information is assembled to reveal the location of major mineral emplacements.13) does not dominate their magnetic recordings. magnetic and magnetotelluric charts show the deep crustal geological features and potential economically important mineral sites. Seismologists set small explosions and read the delay time for the sound reflections from the subsurface layers.14 I~ Mineral exploration programs rely on aeromagneticmeasurements of the crustal magnetic anomalies to reveal the subsurface geology. The valuable Alaskan north-slope oil fields were first delineated using aeromagnetic surveys.2. p.3. (magnetotelluric method) over a survey area. an even greater resolution of the Earth's crust substructure is obtained (see Section 5.
The search for and discovery of other than mineral deposits also depend on the magnetic surveys. aeromagnetic surveys located the 120-mile-diameter crater carved by the asteroid that covered the Earth with a .1 Fields Making a Difference 39 FIGURE 2. just north of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Even sixteenthcentury sunken galleons of the Caribbean have been located using aeromagnetic charts responding to the field effects of metal armament. Buried archeological formations can be mapped (archaeomagnetism) when the ancient building materials have magnetic properties differing from the local environment. iron nails. cists with predictions of quiet magnetic periods.Section 2.15). The Roman walls in England have been outlined using surface magnetic survey mapping. We will examine the sources of magnetic disturbances later in our tour (Chapter 4).15 I~ Example of an aeromagnetic map of ocean-surface field changes that revealed an ancient sunken sailing ship near the ocean's continental coast. and construction braces that were used on the old ships (Figure 2. In 1991. Shading indicates contours of similar field strength.
separated by a distance that is short with respect to the height of conducting upper-atmospheric layers near 100 kilometers (63 miles). Then when different size signals are recorded at the two sites. In early North American land exploration and development.5 Sudden Field Changes in the Crust Some rare changes in the Earth's structure or composition that occur within a short period of time can produce corresponding changes in the locally measured magnetic field. field effects can be detected when there is a major change in the groundwater content at a deep subsurface fracture near one of the observatories but not the other. or when a highly conductive active magma chamber at a volcanic site moves (at different distances relative to the two observatories) before an eruption (Figure 2. Movement of a rock's magnetic domain boundaries (or the rotation of the magnetization within the boundaries) under external stress can cause . For their detection. Unfortunately.1 gamma. For example.40 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields vegetation-destroying dust and resulted in the demise of the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. skewed compass lines of ownership demarcation appear on the property maps of those days. Magnetic signals arise from an alteration in the Earth's electrical conductivity. after adjusting for geological site differences. a local effect is verified. Usually much shorter distances are used and the total-field component or the into-the-Earth component of magnetic field is measured with instruments sensitive to changes greater than 0. As a result. Two examples of small-amplitude (under 10 gammas) local field changes that have been reported as resulting from this tectonomagnetic effect are" 1. mineral-rich mountain areas typically abound in magnetic field anomalies that arise from buried magnetic materials. the reestablishment of the old mining boundaries is often a difficult process. a separation of one-tenth of the 100-km (63-mile) ionospheric height (see Chapter 3) gives a maximum suitable measurement separation of about 10 km (6 miles). 2.1. requiring exact knowledge of the early geomagnetic field alignment and reference field models that need to be extended back to the original land survey date by the geomagnetic specialist. Today. This was particularly true in the gold and silver mining regions of the United States during the late nineteenth century. at least two measurement sites are used. This separation is designed to assure the observers that the flow of high-altitude localized variation currents and geomagnetic pulsations arising in the Earth's upper atmosphere are recorded similarly at the two locations. local boundaries often depended on directions given by compass readings alone.16). For example. 2.
For example. and such records have been misrepresented as a piezomagnetic event. At the time of earthquakes. Magnetic effects associated with the stress buildup preceding an earthquake have been sought as a quakeforecasting signal. apparent signals have been generated by the physical vibration of the quake-site magnetometers.16 I~ A change in the difference of field measured for two locations near a volcano can disclose conductivity changes due to magma motion preceding an eruption.6 Biomagnetism Honey bees that have discovered a suitable flower patch perform a dance pattern upon returning to their hive to describe the new flower source location to their companions. p.1 Fields Making a Difference 41 FIGURE 2. but have yet to be conclusively found (see Section 2.3. this piezomagnetic effect could occur as a result of the loading of rock surfaces as a major dam is filled or at a volcano as a result of a change in the magma chamber pressure on the surrounding rock material. changes in magnetization.1. 66). Dissections show that honey bees have naturally formed .Section 2.2. 2.
Because of evidence that homing pigeons use the Earth's magnetic field as part of their navigation sense. magnetic material in their stomachs.1. Salmon have been shown to alter their swimming direction when scientists artificially modified the local magnetic field directions. The oriented spinning protons behave as synchronized (resonant) microscopic magnetic dipole fields. dolphins. and tunas have brains containing magnetic crystals suspended by fine fibers that may be part of their navigation sensing mechanism.17 1~ Magnetite crystals grown by aquatic bacteria were discovered in Massachusetts by R. organized rallies for homing pigeon races are cancelled when there is a forecast of natural geomagnetic field disturbances (such as Figure 1. 2. Inside these pond bacteria. Blakemore. The scientists concluded that the bees use the local magnetic field as one of their sources of orientation. Approximately 0. which precess together with a period determined by the applied magnetic field (much like the familiar spinning-top precession in the . using a large loop antenna. blue marlins. pond bacteria have been discovered that naturally grow magnetic crystals aligned with the long axis of their body (Figure 2.13). spinning in random orientation. the crystals form long magnets with the north pole toward their front to orient their swimming direction.7 Medicine The human body contains a great many hydrogen atoms. Biological researchers. The well-known sea travelers whales. The atomic nuclei of these hydrogen atoms are protons. In other studies.42 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2. These bacteria orient their swimming with respect to the Earth's local field direction.0003% of these protons can be made to align their natural spin when an intense magnetic field is applied about a patient for the imaging of the body's interior. artificially modified the magnetic field direction in the region of a hive and found that the returning bees make a corresponding flight change in their dance pattern. green turtles. mainly in molecules of the body's soft tissue.17).
) electromagnetic signal pulse is next introduced to purposely disturb the proton-aligned precession. Hospitals call the procedure MR Imaging because. With instantaneous computer modeling (called tomographic analysis) of the magnetometer received signals.1 Fields Making a Difference 43 FIGURE 2. pulse.Section 2. apprehensive individuals wrongly associate the word "nuclear" with radioactivity.18 I~ Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) represents the fields from the synchronous spinning protons in the body aligned by an intense magnetic field. pull of a gravitational field). Each group of similar body cells has its own density of hydrogen atoms and characteristic strength of the precession response. A brief radio frequency (r. live pictures of the functioning human body interior are obtained (Figure 2. . The applied magnetic field and the nuclear spin alignment are perfectly harmless to living organisms. The harmless MRI scans can reconstruct excellent patient soft-tissue pictures at almost any desired artificial body slice. A large number of receiver magnetometer coils then measure the time for the protons to realign their spin precession and release energy obtained from that r. occasionally.f. Physicists call this process nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) scanning or imaging.f.18). and analyzed by computers. detected by magnetometers.
Wire resistance limits the current flow.1. maglev trains have been developed. NASA is experimenting with maglev propulsion for initial track launch of its space vehicles. Fivecar maglev trains have obtained speeds of over 340 mph (550 km/hr). We defer our detailed look at these special solarterrestrial disturbances until Chapter 4. The force of magnetic repulsion can be used to overcome the force of gravity so that a heavy magnetized object can be suspended in air over a magnetized base when the fields from the two are similarly directed. man-made satellites suffer a number of damaging radiation exposure effects in the following ways.8 Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) We know that two dipole magnets attract or repel (see Figure 1. using these field techniques. consider the fact that during major magnetic storms. For now. allowing engineers to design electromagnets with immense fields. Space weather forecasting has become a major program for modern nations. to obtain a high speed before the ignition of the rockets. In recent years. An onrush of high-energy charged solar particles and fields temporarily disrupts the magnetosphere region of man-made Earth satellites (Figure 2.19). Electric current flow causes magnetic fields. However. . 2. or maglev for short. Master controls excite the necessary electromagnets as the trains moves.44 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields 2. The creation of extremely strong electromagnets depends on super-high electric currents. electromagnets spaced along the sides of the guideway provide attracting fields to pull and repelling fields to push the train along. NASA launched a special IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) spacecraft to explore and monitor this region.2) depending on whether the two adjacent magnet polarities are different or alike. Draw the field directions for the two adjacent dipole magnets and see how the direction of the force on the poles means that similarly directed magnetic fields repel and two oppositely directed magnetic fields link together to attract the dipole magnets. Fields from cryogenic electromagnets are used to support the weight of the train and provide lateral guidance along its channel guideway so that it experiences frictionless movement. This suspension is called magnetic levitation. In March 2000. at the very lowest temperatures (called cryogenic temperatures) wire resistance fades away. Recall that field directions are defined as the direction that an isolated north pole would move.1. For propulsion.9 Magnetic Fields and Technology Destruction in Space Geomagnetic storms are natural magnetic field changes caused by processes that start on the Sun.
More than 9000 artificial objects in space are tracked to prevent collisions with working spacecraft and to warn nations of undesirable impacts with the Earth by fragments that will not disintegrate upon reentry through the lower atmosphere. On occasions following a great magnetic storm. Engineers design onboard jets to regularly compensate for this normal air drag and reestablish the satellite's prescribed position. Following magnetic storms. for example).1 Fields Making a Difference 45 FIGURE 2.19 I~ Particlesand fields from the Sun initiate geomagnetic storms on the Earth. Our Earth's atmosphere is held in place by the same gravitational pull that holds our feet to the ground. the high region of the Earth's ever-circling satellites contains enough atmospheric molecules to slightly slow the forward motion of a satellite and change its orbit. technicians at the tracking installations must scramble to correct the disrupted orbital predictions. Although the air thins rapidly with increasing altitude (most climbers of Mt. . over a 1000 working satellites and bits of space debris are temporarily lost. Everest use oxygen masks. The heating of our distant atmosphere by magnetic storm currents during solar-terrestrial disturbances can modify the usual atmospheric density. The resulting changed drag on the satellites makes them suddenly deviate appreciably from their expected orbital positions.Section 2.
20). Solar panels provide electrical energy for most working satellites. Figure supplied by Craig Underwood. A spark from an accumulated static charge buildup on critical materials can ruin the satellite's electrical system. upsetting program memory control. bombard the solar panels and erode the satellite's electrical production efficiency. naturally organized in their travel by the Earth's main magnetic field. have caused failures that completely disable the electronics of expensive satellites.20 I~ Location of UoSat-2 satellite memory upsets recorded between September 1988 and May 1992. blanking out 80% of telephone-pager customers in the United States. U. Surrey Space Center. The Apollo astronauts were lucky to not have received a lethal dose of radiation in their Moon voyage. astronauts are required to withdraw to the innermost regions of their spacecraft. A solar-terrestrial disturbance in May 1998 temporarily disabled the Galaxy 4 satellite. the increased number of particles in space. More damage occurs near years of maxima in the 11-year solar activity cycles because of a corresponding increase in magnetic storms. when destructive very-high-energy particles are involved in the penetration of the magnetosphere. A prematurely aged power-supply panel shortens a satellite's effective lifetime. Note the concentration near the South Atlantic-South America magnetic field anomaly region. Less numerous upsets in the polar regions are caused by bombarding cosmic-ray particles guided by the Earth's field. captured by the Earth's magnetic field during magnetic storms. The bombarding particles can directly hit an onboard computer element (Figure 2. During major geomagnetic storms.K. During geomagnetic storm periods.46 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2. Passengers of high-flying supersonic jet airplanes (such as the Concord) could be exposed to this unhealthy storm-time radiation. Energetic charged particles. such .
Section 2.1 Fields Making a Difference 47 FIGURE 2. During a mag- . engineers are required to design measures that protect the satellite's operation from these induced currents and the resulting magnetic fields. To lessen the damage to its systems. manned satellites are typically routed to avoid this main field region. To avoid unhealthy exposure. the orbit and speed of the satellite. The ionization represents positively and negatively charged particles that are usually produced from neutral air molecules by the arrival of the Sun's strong ultraviolet radiation.20) can be particularly important in the upper atmospheric location over the western South Atlantic-South America region where the Earth's low-field anomaly (Figure 2. Note the significant minimum at the border of South America near the south Atlantic Ocean. the Hubble Space Telescope instruments are switched off during passage through this anomaly.21 I~ A global representation of the total main magnetic field for the year 2000. Using their knowledge of such things as the behavior of the Earth's main field. planes are required to descend to sheltering lower altitudes during threatening conditions. Interference with Communication and Navigation Radiowave communication around the world depends on the bouncing of signals between the conducting Earth and the ionized layer (ionosphere) that surrounds the Earth in the upper atmosphere. Particle impacts (Figure 2. Electric currents are induced to flow in the conducting metal parts of a satellite as it moves through the natural space fields. principally from about 90 to 600 kilometers (56 to 375 miles). Figure prepared by John Quinn of the USGS. and its electronic configuration.21) concentrates trapped particles closer to the Earth. Field levels are in gammas and contour lines are separated by 1000 gammas.
At such times. and pager service signals all have been scrambled or removed from effective operation during intense magnetic storms because of the satellite dysfunctions and signal transmission problems (Figure 2.22 I~ Long-distance radiowave signals bounce off the ionosphere. and then degraded or lost. the developed countries have become more dependent on satellite signals for communication. the local ionosphere is often greatly modified and becomes dominated by strong electric currents. also can be scattered as they try to pass from the satellite through a disturbed ionosphere to the ground receiver.48 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2. .22). Worldwide telephone. and at lower latitudes the quality of radio communications can be considerably decreased. Both communications routes can suffer when the ionosphere is disturbed by a geomagnetic storm. high-latitude radiowave communication can be completely blacked-out. higher-frequency satellite signals pass through the ionosphere. netic storm. although at higher frequencies than radiowaves (and usually unaffected by the ionosphere). In recent years. At high-latitude locations when auroral displays (Plate 5) accompany the geomagnetic storms. These signals. fax. The disturbance currents at the auroral and polar latitudes can even make a simple compass needle at the Earth's surface vary notfceably from its usual pointing direction. the ionosphere can become so disturbed that radiowave signals are scattered.
23). and altitude at any spot on Earth via a reception from just four of the satellites. the United States maintains a family of 24 satellites in orbit at 20. For navigation purposes. longitude. The GPS is used by a variety of people--scientists.200 km (about 12.Section 2.1 Fields Making a Difference 49 FIGURE 2. Severe geomagnetic storms can cause ionospheric effects that interfere with the reception of the satellite signals on Earth.625 mi) above the Earth.23 II~ A geomagnetic storm can degrade the location accuracy provided by the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites circling at 20. radiowave-signal transmitter satellites. and the U. constitute a Global Positioning System (GPS). fisherman.S. Soon U.200 km (12. hunters. together with the ground receivers. hikers. ship captains. The GPS allows users to find their time. latitude. commercial airplanes will be relying on GPS systems for flight directions and airport traffic control.600 miles) above the Earth (Figure 2.S. Such . Defense Department which funded the system. These clock-synchronized.
Electric Power Systems Electric power lines are interconnected throughout broad areas of the United States to share loads during special times. At the surface of the conducting Earth. high energy-demand occasions. such as northern Europe. during major magnetic storms. p. the deeper that this field penetrates into the conducting material. with every changing magnetic field there exists a companion changing electric field.24).m. or em) fields. by nature.3.50 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields disturbances. and the northern United States. In general. With continental-size measurements of the daily variation field. scientists have produced a profile of the increasing Earth conductivity reaching into the upper mantle to depths of about 650 km (410 miles)--a little over one-tenth the way to the Earth's highly conducting center (Figure 2. magnetic field sensors detect the sum of the external (source) and the internal (induced) magnetic fields. show a voltage difference that can measure the electric counterpart of the magnetic changes (see Section 5. 128). can produce position errors of up to several tens of meters. Magnetotelluric surveys have become an important part of most crustal geology studies (see Section 5.1. We call the pair electromagnetic (e. A pair of electric field probes. in some situations. a secondary field is induced to flow in the conductor. 127).3. Earth Conductivity Applying special mathematical techniques.2.25). Scientists call the source variation the external field and call the induced field the internal field. such as differing peak-power periods or local hot weather. such as the geomagnetic storm field above the conducting Earth. researchers have used a combination of the measurements of the short period.10 Field Induction Responses When a field variation occurs outside an electrical conductor. causing extensive electric power failures .1. the greater the induced fields. The science of physics tells us that. naturally varying magnetic fields together with their companion electrical fields (magnetotelluric method) for local Earth-crust resistivity (1/conductivity) determinations. such as lead electrodes buried in the ground at a set distance apart. The magnetic storm field variations induce undesirable currents to flow in these long conducting transmission lines (Figure 2. At high-latitude locations. The longer the oscillation period of the source field. p. 2. Canada. the induced magnetic fields have damaged expensive transformers of the interconnected power systems. the nearer to the region of auroras.
An intense magnetic storm in 1989 was responsible for a 9-hour electric blackout throughout Qu6bec Province. geophysicists have learned the structure and composition of the Earth's regions that are completely inaccessible in any other way.4 I I I I .- Lower Mantle I I I I I I I I I I I I I I .24 I~ The Earth's electrical conductivity increases rapidly with depth.2 . Canada. At such times. Outage problems occur as the disturbed rapid variations in geomagnetic field induce undesirable stray currents in the long telephone-wire connections that are the typical part of the full origin-to-reception communication system.- 500 600 700 0 - 0 . static. Using this conductivity information together with seismic records. . Long-Wire Communications During severe magnetic storms. some messages have been reduced to whispers. and a knowledge of the fundamental properties of matter. or complete blackout.3 Conductivity (ohm-meter) "1 I . laboratory testing.5 FIGURE 2.1 Fields Making a Difference 51 I 100 - I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I i m 200 A Upper Mantle E 300 a cI 400 . Six million people were affected by that power outage.1 .:Section 2. at great inconvenience and expense to the public. long-distance telephone and fax communications (by overland and underwater cables) can be disrupted. and extensive power grid damage that spread through the northeastern Unitd States.
telephone lines. At high latitudes where the magnetic storm-time currents are strongest. and water (Figure 2. where the unwanted currents enter and leave the pipe (Figure 2. At low latitudes. .25). These transient currents add to those caused by a battery-like action from pipeline grounding in differing soil types and to the induced currents from man-made electrical systems.52 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields Pipeline Corrosion We also find induced magnetic storm currents flowing in long regional steel pipelines for oil. If the engineer's measurements are made during magnetic storm conditions.26). improper FIGURE 2. gas. and water pipelines.25 I~ During a geomagnetic storm the upper atmospheric currents at high latitudes induce unwanted disturbance currents in electric power transmission lines. and long oil. The size of the protective current is established by the corrosion engineers during their scheduled pipeline maintenance visits. gas. corrosion engineers purposely force protective currents on pipelines in a direction that will cancel undesirable corrosive currents. the induced storm currents can cause pipes to corrode at the ever-present small holes in the protective plastic pipe coating.
alert engineers first obtain g e o m a g n e t i c activity forecasts of quiet conditions from national space-disturbance monitoring centers before embarking on a m e a s u r e m e n t tour.'~ PRUDHOEBAY ~O FAIRBANKS ~O PAXSON IPELINE ROUTE ~ OZo ~OOo GULF OF ALASKA FIGURE 2. Geomagnetic latitude lines are shown from 60 to 70 ~.2.1 Establishing Significance Let us pause in our tour to discuss how significant connections are established b e t w e e n natural phenomena. J2. Local Earth-conductivity conditions are also an important factor in the corrosion.Section 2.2 Tour to the Boundaries 53 0o . The central section of the pipeline. which almost parallels the latitudinal alignment of maximum auroral current flow. and possibly harmful correction currents can be applied to the pipeline.2J Tour to the Boundaries 2. To avoid such problems. We k n o w that two happenings can be related if . is particularly susceptible.26 I~ The Alaska oil pipeline suffers enhanced corrosion caused by unwanted electric currents that are induced from the intense currents flowing in the region of the local auroras during geomagnetic storms.
Cause and Effect Third. Correlation Second. and more of those special clouds mean more admissions. values 0.0 . For example. A significant correlation coefficient only indicates the degree to which more research may be worthwhile. it has five important features: D. Smith's dog barked wildly an hour before the severe earthquake shook San Francisco does not mean that dogs can be used to predict earthquakes. the scientists can exactly describe the physics and chemistry of the relationship and apply controlled tests to verify and understand the investigated processes. there must be a sufficient number of the data samples (or statistical significance) before the results can be considered worthwhile.8 (-0. Just because Mr. It would be silly to suppose that the clouds cause people to go to hospitals or that the hospital admissions cause the special clouds. This is a value in the range from 0 to 1 (or 0 to . a correlation coefficient is computed from the accounting of coincident events.4 ( . The simplest is the linear correlation coefficient method.8) or higher (lower) can point to a significant relationship. Sometimes. as a first step in developing the exact connection between the occurrences of two phenomena. Correlation values greater (less) than 0. not that one phenomenon either causes the second to happen or is a precursor (early warning signal) of the second. 4 ) encourage further study. Statistical Sampling First. The correlation coefficient can show the likelihood that either the paired events are an accidental occurrence or are co-related by some other phenomenon. D. for the paired events. On other occasions. Often it is found that the two correlated events are on different branches of a common tree.54 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields it is shown that when one occurs the other usually occurs and that the pair are coupled often enough that the joint happening most likely was not a random chance event. In the special science of probability and statistics there are numerous methods for comparing characteristics. Further study would probably show .1 ) . the correlation technique produces only the probability that the corresponding happenings are not random (or fortuitous). A zero correlation coefficient means that the two phenomena exhibit no connection at all. specific mathematical test techniques need to be used. High positive (negative) values indicate that when one thing happens the other always (never) occurs. it may be that whenever certain types of clouds appear on the western horizon there is a significant correlation with the number of admissions to city hospitals. D.
For convenience.2 Tour to the Boundaries 55 that the special clouds are indicative of imminent severe thunderstorms and that the increased hospital admissions are from car accidents related to poor visibility and slippery roads in the ensuing bad weather. For example. giving off less radiation than the average solar surface.2-year cycle of sunspots (Figure 2. when there is a maximum in sunspot occurrence. Studies have shown that. when a personal judgment is involved in the correlation. physical. scientists concern themselves with the reason for such established connections between phenomena (and. when a true relationship is found. and the solar regions of spot appearances move from higher to lower solar latitudes. known from a secret list.to l l. Statistical significance is then required of the true item. Weather and Climate Scientists have established a climate correlation with the 10. However. whether there are attending unwanted side effects).5.2. During the Sun's cycle. Double Blind Fourth. the sunspot cycle appears in the amplitude of the annual flooding of . The radiation changes reaching the Earth affect the climate in such a way that for many solar cycles some continental regions are dryer or wetter. for ingested chemicals. the number of sunspots increase and then decrease. 2. during a number of consecutive cycles either the cooler spots or the activity regions remain dominant. in tune with the 11-year cycle. Models of the biological.Section 2.2 Magnetic Correlations =. cooler or hotter. Scientists try to determine if the correlated phenomena are in a cause-and-effect relationship or whether they result from a common cause. for unknown reasons. Modeling Fifth. Such tests are designed to overcome biased psychological responses. the sunspot recurrence is called the 11-year solar cycle. Both the person giving the test and those taking the test (the double-blind feature) do not know whether the given object is a valid test item or an imitation. Sunspot regions are cooler. and chemical processes are examined for an explanation of the relationship so that its full understanding can become a useful part of world knowledge. the regions of the Sun's surface near the spots are more active. special doubleblind tests are required in the acquisition of data because the human desire to show something does (or doesn't) happen can affect the apparent outcome of a study.27). The reason for the climate response has been ascribed to a change in the balance of solar radiation.
56 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2. Geomagnetic disturbances on Earth have a similar 11-year cycle.27 I~ Sunspots and their nearby regions of granulation. Greece. some scientists have questioned whether a causeeffect relationship exists for this correlation because so many other solar changes are transpiring. However. Researchers have studied the increase in area of solar coronal holes (regions of singular solar field polarity) that occurs most often during sunspot minimum. . A part of the Earth's recurring climate change can be ascribed to a modulation of the solar radiation output associated with the 11-year cycle of sunspots and their adjacent active regions. the Nile River and in the occurrence of special Ethesian winds over Athens. They have found a correspondence with the cooling of the Earth's lower atmosphere by about 2 degrees below that region's temperature at sunspot maximum.
Because low crop yields could not meet the population demand. near the end of that long drought period the Anasazi Mesa Verde Indians abandoned their cliff dwellings and migrated to other more fertile farmlands.28 I~ Mesa Verde Indian sites were abandoned because of an extended drought that lasted two full sunspot cycles. These ancient dwellings (Figure 2. Intense electric currents are guided along the Earth's .Section 2. result from these solarterrestrial disturbances and represent the flow of a variety of strong currents of particles through locations prescribed by the unique design of the Earth's field in space and the upper-atmospheric ionosphere. there occurred two consecutive l 1-year solar cycles of dry climate. We shall see. recorded at world magnetic observatories. Tree-ring dating (the measurement of the annual growth-ring spacing along a radius of the tree's trunk) tells us that in Mexico and southwestern United States. Unique low-pressure areas in the polar regions often develop a few days following magnetic storms. beginning in 1276. are now both a major tourist attraction and stark evidence of the sunspot-climate connection. preserved by their unique cliff locations in southwest Colorado.28). Geomagnetic storms.2 Tour to the Boundaries 57 FIGURE 2. Some scientists have looked at these processes as triggers for weather changes on Earth. in Chapter 4 that the solar-terrestrial outbursts of particles and fields coincide with the l 1-year sunspot activity cycle.
. 111). FIGURE 2. Figure adapted from Williamson.29 I~ Circles show the magnetic field pattern resulting from stimulation of the little finger. Such evidence has encouraged medical scientists to search for possible physiological or psychological human reactions to the natural magnetic field and its variations. p. and Brenner in 1997 Naval Research Reviews. Other brain locations corresponding to stimulated areas of the body are indicated. have identified response regions corresponding to stimulated areas of the body (Figure 2. containing ferric iron deposits. Sensitive magnetometers. Originating in the auroral region. Kaufman. an infrasonic (much below audible frequencies) pressure wave moves in the atmospheric region near the Earth to low-latitude locations (see Section 4.58 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields field lines at high latitudes and cause heating in the high atmosphere and a world-traveling pressure wave.29). In addition. careful dissections have shown that bones from the sinus regions of humans are magnetic.1. Human Responses to Magnetic Fields It is well known that electric currents and fields are part of the human biological design. Large arrow indicates the assumed current direction consistent with the observed fields. measuring the magnetic fields from the brain.4.
scientific tests under controlled environmental conditions have yet to show conclusively that humans can detect magnetic fields. 2. when two phenomena have similar cycles in activity for unrelated reasons (and the two are investigated over that same time period). when magnetic field recording instruments showed large solar-terrestrial storms with spectacular magnetic field displays. But that may be jumping to an easy but incorrect conclusion. . Random associations can occur. However.Section 2. A famous and prolific space scientist. There was no biomagnetic field effect on this scientist. the two can display a false correlation. and 6. there are certainly well-known.30) was established because of Chapman's research interests. specialized in studies of ionospheric and solar-terrestrial effects during his long lifetime. And there is a summer-to-winter change in the magnetic field level due to the changing solar exposure of the Earth's field in space.10). 3. The implication of all these correlations is that the magnetic field modifies the human mental and biological processes. although unrelated. or annual change for some simple reason (other than geomagnetism) the computation of the correlation coefficient for the two processes. the increase in psychiatric patient agitation at a mental asylum. the number of admissions to mental hospitals. seasonal. an equinoctial (March and September) enhancement of magnetic activity occurs because of the seasonal alignment of the Earth with respect to solar particle outflow. Here are two illustrations of misleading biomagnetism correlations. the number of ambulance calls for stroke or heart attack. When a behavior that is to be compared to magnetic activity has a solar-cycle. although a significant (0. Sydney Chapman (Figure 1. l 1-year solar-cycle changes in geomagnetic activity.2 Tour to the Boundaries 59 Articles have appeared in the scientific literature indicating that relationships have been found between magnetic field disturbances and human behavior. variations in the global geomagnetic field level has been correlated with: 1. the number of convulsive seizures. He was most interested in publishing journal articles during those years near sunspot maxima. the number of heart attacks.5) correlation between the number of his publications and magnetic activity (Figure 2. 5. Also. Also. For example. the number of publications by active scientists. The tests have only tried to establish a probability that the correspondence of two events is not random. will show a significant value. 4. Nevertheless.
As another example. t %ISsI ~ r \ ~ I~ la ~ . Old Wives' Tales.' I.lll ~ '. Magnetic Termites Although bees respond to fields. at Arnhem Land. A positive correlation was reported between the geomagnetic activity index and heart-attack admissions to hospitals serving that farming community. it has long been thought that those special termites were satisfying some special magnetic orientation sense.ID t I''lll''l "TII 20 iI ~_ :3 z loo E I I o Q.3 Pseudoscience.I ~. in its yearly orbit about the Sun. there is a corresponding increase in magnetic activity near the equinoxes. Because a magnetic compass declination of those regions is a few degrees east of north. . is better aligned to the particles and fields coming from the Sun during March and September each year. One of these is a special breed of magnetic termites that exists in tropical northern Australia and is restricted to small areas just south of Darwin. The false relationship appeared because there was an unrelated seasonal similarity in the magnetic activity and the labor demands on the farmers. and Frauds I.~'. oriented with their long axis aligned approximately 10 ~ east of a geographic northward direction (Figure 2.60 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the I'llll30 Fields 300flll'l'lllll'tllllllll'''llll'l'''lllllll 2001-tD . 2. ~ .2.-~ !. therefore. These termites are named for their construction of clusters of 100 or more tombstone-like mounds up to 6 ft (2 meters) tall. India. it was found that more hospital admissions for heart attacks occurred near Hyderabad.30 I~ A correlation of the yearly number of S.. and at the Cape York peninsula. magnetic sensing has been falsely ascribed to other insects.l 1960 ~/! "~ 0 o 0 1910 tl 1920 R 1930 llll 1940 Years 1950 FIGURE 2. the Earth. Also. %. when farmers were working hard at special agriculturally demanding (planting and harvest) seasons of the year. Only in recent years have Australian CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) scientists found that magnetism plays no role in the magnetic termite .31). Chapman's publications and the yearly means of sunspot numbers from 1910 through 1967.
Franz Anton Mesmer (1733-1815). increasing the eastern-face warming by the morning Sun. mixed the application of magnets with hypnosis to convince patients of miraculous magnetic cures--until more reasonable minds (including Benjamin Franklin) exposed his fakery.2 Tour to the Boundaries 61 FIGURE 2. All the cemetery-like mounds are restricted to regions of seasonally flooded alluvial plains.Section 2. Unable to escape to the more uniform temperature of underground galleries during the wet season. In shaded regions (with more trees or regular cloud cover) or regions with locally prevailing winds. Body Magnets Magnetic therapy reached a peak in Europe in the late eighteenth century. A then-popular Viennese physician. B. about the time of the American Revolution. constructions. For entertaining reading about history of this magnetic fad see J. Livingston's The Driving Force (Har- . these termites deal with the large daily above-ground temperature fluctuations with a mound orientation that keeps the eastern face of each mound near an optimum temperature. P. The word mesmerize originated in that period.31 I~ Magnetic termite mounds in Australia align approximately 10 ~ east of geographic north because of climatic conditions. allowing it to rapidly warm after sunrise following a cold night. not because of the magnetic field direction. the mounds are oriented on a more north-south axis.
29)." In recent years there has been a resurgence of health-magnet nonsense. long-proven treatment by world physicians to increase blood circulation.1. knee braces.7. sleeping pads. stop headaches. suppress coughing. pillows. The magnets are said to be a time-honored. 42). and body plasters are all for sale to a gullible public." Magnetic finger rings. for a princely sum. It is true that a small electric field properly applied across a bone fracture can speed the healing process. p. Some department stores. Magnetic fields have also been associated with our brain and nerve activity (Figure 2.g. nay doubly-distilled children must infallibly be begotten. creating heat that soothes pain and swelling." The advertisements promise that magnets "free up the flow of energy. direct-marketing outlets. and even remove facial wrinkles (Figure 2.62 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields FIGURE 2.32 I~ Healthmagnets are part of a recurring fad and are said to alleviate pain ("without a knife or a pill") in spite of the fact that the application of magnets has yet to be shown to be a valid health remedy using the type of controlled testing that meets established scientific medical standards. bracelets. cervical collars. the MRI described in Section 2. beautiful. cure insomnia. such evidence has yet to translate into the glorious remedies promised by the health-magnet salesmen. vard University Press.. That author tells of London's "Celestial Bed" (containing 1500 pounds of magnets) where. alleviate arthritis.32). health-food stores. newlyweds could spend their nuptial night. . with the promise that "strong. However. and tabloids have focused on the selling of "the healing power of magnets. revitalizing the area" and "induce current into iron-rich red blood cells (hemoglobin). reduce food cravings. 1996). There are indications that external magnetic fields can have minute responses in the body (e. shoe innersoles.
my rod always gives the feet down to the 89 for a 89 tap water depth. which. In their Health News Letter of May 1999. he replied "I don't know about that meters stuff. Health improvements do occur for some users--simply because. A similar add-on system for water pipes. I talked to one witch who had an interesting capability. who profess to have the ability to locate groundwater." =." Some witches. called a divining rod. Such advertisements are a clear warning that a strong sales pitch is being used to support faulty conclusions. double-blind testing to validate and approve new health remedies. When I asked whether his divining in France would tap out feet or meters." Tests of the method. Held tightly in the hands of the witch. shaped either like a large letter "Y" or "L". suffering. is a wooden branch or a metal wire rod (often a wire coat-hanger). the prestigious School of Public Health at the University of California. allusions to ancient "proven" oriental medical practices. The responsible American Medical Association requires careful. or reference to a medical journal article.2 Tour to the Boundaries 63 Health magnets have all the features of a pseudomedical hoax.33). and desperation of the gullible public. by itself. In his hands. the individual faith in an application produces some favorable reaction (placebo effect). say. Tests in 1996 by the Consumers Union in United States showed that the application of such magnets to reduce water scaling and promote soft water does nothing of the sort. The search is usually for a waterwell site or a location of buried water pipes. Not one of the magnetic health devices has passed such tests. trying to establish a pseudoscientific basis to the procedure. Water Witching or Divining The universal tool of almost all water witches or diviners. untraceable references to endorsements by some "respected" foreign medical testing laboratories. Berkeley. The advertisements feed on the fear. Sales depend on questionable testimonials. statistically significant. the pointing end is said to be magnetically pulled down toward the region of the ground where the desired water is located (Figure 2. when examined. using "radio frequency electromagnetic (em) induction energy" to remedy hard water problems was also found (by thorough Consumers Union tests) to be a worthless addition to the home. the divining rod would tap out the depth (in feet) to the water source. Water Improvement Magazines of modern gadgetry advertise special magnets to be applied to household plumbing as an inexpensive replacement for costly water-softener equipment. "Everyone knows that water can conduct electricity. describes a test that fails to meet adequate standards of proof. advises readers to "Put your magnets on the fridge. under tightly controlled field .Section 2. so it is the magnetism of the water that pulls the divining rod.
Such effects often concentrate the thunder clouds and lightning strikes toward certain peaks. in truth. recurring surface heating." Such a belief is another old wives tale to explain a process that. The gathering of thunderstorm clouds near a particular region can depend on the unique mountain range topography.33 1~ Water witching works when there is prior knowledge of local water depths or when any spot in the area would be equally successful. The procedure is successful only by random luck. have all shown that water witching is pure nonsense. 1See the website http://www. I joined a ranger-led group for an explanation of the local geology. has nothing to do with rock magnetism. conditions. Magnetism has no role in the divining.skeptic. While discussing the beautiful mountain backdrop of Jackson Lake. or when choosing any spot in the area would be equally successful in finding water.html. During a thunderstorm there is always a clear focusing of the lightning strikes to that particular peak. Each of the mountain peaks in that area of the park is made of the same geological material. when the witch has prior knowledge of local waterwell depths. 1 Focusing of Lightning While visiting Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. and local prevailing winds.com/dousing.64 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields f J FIGURE 2. the ranger pointed to a particular peak to the west and said. with a statistically significant number of examples. predominant weather front directions. . but magnetism is not the responsible agent. "The special magnetic properties of that mountain's rocks are well known.
the number of lost ships and planes in that area is. Serious researchers have proved that. 2See the website http://skepdic. have caused the disappearance of ships and planes since records have beeen kept.34 I~ No unique magnetic fields occur in the region of the Bermuda Triangle. Bermuda Triangle and Oceanic Fields The Bermuda Triangle is an ocean area.2 Tour to the Boundaries 65 FIGURE 2. Florida. . Given the weather and traffic. following Columbus's voyage of discovery.34). This is the region where overzealous authors have insisted that mysterious forces. To create even more mystery. writers have also grossly distorted the incidence of military plane loss in that triangle.com/bermuda. Modern magnetic charts show that there is most certainly no unique geomagnetic field observed in that ocean region. in fact. and Puerto Rico (Figure 2.Section 2. the number of ships and planes lost within the Bermuda Triangle is not unusual. 2 Responsible analysis of the evidence shows that the only true mystery is why some of the public persists in believing this foolishness. usually magnetic. ~. hazily defined by Bermuda. not unusual.html. given the weather and traffic.
Australia. .35 I~ Neitherbarking dogs nor magnetic fields predict earthquakes. Chinese prediction proponents have admitted that the method cannot be exactly described because only "experienced" personnel can make the fore- FIGURE 2. workers at the Chinese State Seismological Bureau have professed their ability to use magnetic field variation records to predict earthquakes. although the island's name remains. Earthquake Predictions In recent years. who thought his ship's compass behaved wildly near that location. Captain James Cook. Most likely. It was named in 1770 by the famous explorer. their written reports indicate to other scientists that fields from various upper-atmospheric current sources and site noise are being identified as the earthquake precursors.66 Chapter 2 Vistas of Lives in the Fields A Magnetic Island is located just offshore from Townsville. Dewey of the USGS. Nicaragua earthquake photo by J. some temporary shifting of metal objects aboard Cook's ship caused his compass problem. They explain that because fields are induced into the Earth at depths corresponding to the earthquake region. ~. The people making the predictions use regional differences in the level changes of the field component into the Earth to determine numbers that they relate to induction mathematics and magnetic disturbance indices. magnetic field sensors should show the precursor conditions that cause destructive earthquakes. Unfortunately. Scientists have found no unique field in the region to justify Cook's report.
35). monies that could more realistically satisfy valid community needs. is published and touted in the news media. almost all quake predictions are unfulfilled. signals that forecast earthquakes. the occasional fortuitous prediction success. Distinguished seismologists at international meetings have shown that all such earthquake warnings have about the same success rates as that expected from matched random occurrences.m. although a clearly random coincidence. Eos Trans. Union 78. The public suffers from the misuse of public funds on pseudoscience. Earthquakes are such a chaotic process that long-term prediction is "an inherently unrealizable goal"* (Figure 2. Geophys. The mass media favor the predictor because there is a promise of disaster relief. citizens of other nations have "discovered" magnetic or e. Earthquakes: Thinking about the unpredictable. R. but the many failures are rarely mentioned. 63-67. The threat of natural disasters in populated areas has generated a willingness for funding agencies to support such pseudoscientific forecasting efforts. *Geller. For these. . J. the Chinese blame numerous causes.Section 2. Therefore.2 Tour to the Boundaries 67 cast. including the even greater nonsense that there is a magnetic signal for the prediction of droughts and floods. Occasionally. 1997. Of course. Am.
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changing in differing ways at the many special regions about the Earth. Our visit to the regularly appearing fields includes an examination of the second most important undisturbed field. We will look at the magnetic pole locations marked on global maps and learn why there are so many different reported positions. Generated by dynamic processes. 69 . the magnetosphere. in some regular and predictable fashion when the stormy winds of activity are absent. The word "dynamic" is used because we have evidence that the source of the Earth's main field is slowly changing. This chapter ends with a description of special polar-region fields. this main field extends out into surrounding space and has the shape of a distorted dipole field. every day of the year. We will sail into this part of our tour with an examination of the cause of the Earth's main field. Sq arises from a daily variation of current systems driven by winds and tides in the sunward side of the upper atmosphere. a variation called Sq for the solar quiet conditions during which this field is most prominent. Our Earth's quiet field seems to be almost alive.Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds Our magnetic tour will now look at those natural magnetic fields that are expected to occur everywhere about the Earth. The principal field contributor arises deep in the Earth's interior. so that the pole locations gradually move westward over the years.
5). p.3. Since the time when the first records of magnetic declination were kept. a solid magnet in the Earth cannot move itself. They describe a gravitational accretion process near the core-mantle boundary (CMB) that drives electric currents to become organized into a giant loop by the Earth's spin and spherical shape.1). is a hot and dense liquid of highly conducting nickeliron (Figure 3. Paleomagneticians have devised a dynamo theory for the generation of the main field in this region. the Curie Temperature (see Section 2. Although a simple reversal of ring current in the conducting Earth material can reverse the poles. 5.70 Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds ! 3"1 ! Inside Sources Although the shape of the Earth's main field is much like that of a giant dipole magnet (Figure 1. The field from such an outer-core current loop has the same form as a dipole magnet (Figure 3. Researchers continue to create elaborate computer models of the Earth's internal dynamo region.2. There is sufficient reason to believe that the main magnetic field we observe at the Earth's surface and in near space must be due to current systems deep within the Earth. Approximately 25 km (16 miles) into the crust. 2. Crustal magnetization cannot give rise to the main field. Fluids could cause this. it has been apparent that the pole locations have been drifting westward.1. a rigid Earth magnet cannot model such a change. there are five good reasons given by scientists to show that a solid magnet cannot cause that field: 1. Recall that this is the temperature at which any large-scale solid-magnet properties are scrambled. 3. p. the seismologists have been able to prove that the outer-core region of the Earth. between depths of about 2700 and 5200 km (1700 to 3200 miles). An inventory of all magnetized materials in the Earth's crust shows them to be of insufficient magnitude to account for the Earth's main field. Using the recordings of earthquake signals that have traveled through the Earth. but the absence .1. but not solid material. 35) has shown that the north and south magnetic poles have reversed many times over the last hundred-million-year record of continental Earth history. A dipole field has the same form whether it comes from a solid bar magnet with separated north and south poles or from a ring of current flowing about a given area. 4. 31) is reached for iron and magnetite. Paleomagnetic evidence (see Section 2. The Earth becomes more conducting and hotter toward the center at about 6371 km (3959 miles) deep.2 and Plate 8).
and Neptune all have main fields and magnetospheres. Disruptive eddy currents within that region can. present surface temperatures there preclude the gathering of rock samples to provide the necessary evidence of ancient magnetism. in time. Venus also has no permanent main field. Our Moon has no liquid core and no main field. Uranus. Using the more recent main field evidence. a moon of Jupiter. Although Mars has no such field now. The current generated in the Earth's outer core is slowly varying. in cycles averag- . Planets and moons in our solar system display magnetic dipole fields when they are spinning and have fluid core regions. rock samples indicate an internal dynamo main field existed in that planet's early history. destroy the organized loop current. scientists have found that. Saturn.Section 3. However. Ganymede.1 Inside Sources 71 FIGURE 3. seems to display such a field.1 I~ Regionsof the Earth's interior are identified from seismic evidence of the density (given in megagrams per cubic meter). Jupiter. of critical information about the outer core and lower mantle regions only encourages disputes. with a direction dependent on the initial startup conditions. Planets Mercury.
.2. 13. If we don't stop at the first chart viewing. There are many magnetic poles used by different groups.21 Pole M a r k e r s 3.2 I~ A loop of westward electric current at the liquid outer core creates a southward field within the Earth. ing 200 to 250 thousand years. scientists often refer to a pair of locations they call the "Geomagnetic Poles" and use the geomagnetic latitude and longitude coordinates about these poles to organize their upper atmosphere and space data (Figure 3. We are now in a period of declining main dipole field strength and overdue for a reversal. we see a problem immediately.3).72 Chapter3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds FIGURE 3.1 Magnetic Poles Galore A great way to understand the main field of the Earth is to examine the magnetic pole positions that are marked on global maps. possibly the event will occur within the next few thousand years. but instead compare a few poles that are available in the literature. a major outer-core current can arbitrarily form again with effective current flowing either westward or eastward--defining the same or opposite polarity pole to which our compass needle now responds. which forms the northward-directed dipole main field of the Earth. For example.
2 Pole Markers 73 FIGURE 3. expensive polar magnetic expeditions have set out for the sole purpose of establishing these distant spots where the Earth's magnetic field points directly into the ground.5)." a false explanation that is reminiscent of the "magnetic mountain" model of Columbus's time. most certainly.. not the important .Section 3. those by National Geographic. To further confuse this situation. It is now known that in reality there are five candidates for this important "Magnetic Pole" designation (Figure 3. Most commercial world maps (e.g. For many years following a famous 1831 discovery of the "Magnetic Pole" in northern Canada by James Clark Ross. One is in the Queen Elizabeth Islands region of northern Canada (Figure 3. it appears that the cartographers' vertical-field locations are.3 I~ Curvesof geomagnetic latitude and longitude lines converge at the Geomagnetic North Pole in northwest Greenland.4) and the other is just off the Antarctic continent toward the Australian island state of Tasmania. Rand McNally.5) showing the Earth's field as an Earth-centered dipole magnet. The cartographers and news media tell us that these poles are "the locations toward which all world compasses point. The basis for this effect has its roots in Gilbert's 1600 textbook (Figure 1. and Hammond) indicate two unique "Magnetic Pole" positions.
BAFFINBAY \ 70 ~ 5 ' t TERRITORIES FIGURE 3.74 110 Chapter 3 1O0 Sailing the 90 Magnetic Seas in Calm W i n d s 80 70 ~" ' Pole . This is a model of the Earth's main field that can be represented by a short table of values . Figure adapted from Citation Worm Atlas. Hammond Inc." So that we can better understand this universal misconception.2 IGRF Main Field Poles After World War II. let's tour along with the scientists who measure the main field of the Earth.4 I~ A map of northern Canada with a dubious "North Magnetic Pole" marked in the Queen Elizabeth Islands. pole locations "to which all world compasses point. pronounced "eye-yah-gah"). scientists from the principal navigation nations periodically analyze the collected global geomagnetic field records to determine an International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF).2. As part of a special IAGA working group. a renewed spirit of international cooperation in geophysics brought about a rapid growth of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA.. 3..
called Gauss coefficients. Field values from the irregular distribution of world observatories are connected in a way that allows an interpolated representation for all latitudes and longitudes. the scientists use a special mathematical technique. D = Eccentric Axis Dip Poles. intelligently adjusted to a common date. The SHA analysis method fits that representation of the magnetic field with the harmonic series of spherical oscillations (Figure 3. G = Geomagnetic Coordinate Poles. The SHA global analysis of the field uses all the reliable magnetic measurements around the Earth.Section 3. Because the magnetic measurements surround the Earth (inside this surface is a volume that contains all the internal field contributions). E = Eccentric Axis Dipole Poles.6). spherical harmonic analysis (SHA). the mathematical methods used in the SHA analysis permits the researcher to separate the field sources above (external to) the Earth from those within (internal to) .8) of Germany. which was devised in the early nineteenth century by Carl Friedreich Gauss (Figure 1.2 Pole Markers 75 FIGURE 3. The work is revisited every five years to accommodate the gradual changing main-field behavior. called the analysis epoch. and L = Locally Measured Magnetic Poles. that group of geomagneticians regularly reanalyze past IGRF field models to construct retrospective corrections. Also.5 I~ Five magnetic pole pairs are marked on this global map: I = International Geomagnetic Reference Field Poles. Each observatory measurement is a summation of the magnetic field sources arising from locations both exterior and interior to the Earth at the measuring site. The revised final table of values is called the Definitive Geomagnetic Reference Field (DGRF). To prepare the model fields. when additional recovered data become available.
a smooth and compact representation for the global surface magnetic field measurements can be computed. n and m. The number of oscillations that appear in these figures along circles of latitude and longitude are determined from the harmonic indices. g and h. Display program from P.7) represents the main field of internal sources indexed for paired SHA coefficients. the Earth. External field sources are discarded when determining the main field because ionospheric and space currents are unimportant for understanding the fields from deep in the Earth's interior. which are Gauss coefficient multipliers for the Earth's field .6 I~ For modeling the Earth's field. a large set of spherical harmonic functions (examples of four are shown) are adjusted in magnitude so that. McFadden of AGSO.76 Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds FIGURE 3. The IGRF table (Figure 3. when all are added together.
We call these IGRF Field Poles--an initial candidate for our designation of "Magnetic Poles".7 -15. a best representation of the main magnetic field strength and direction at any location on Earth and the field's extension into nearby space.7 I~ A portion of the table of the IGRF and DGRF values that model the Earth's main field every five years.6).5 -6. matching the n and m spherical harmonics (see Figure 3.9 1. The numbers (Gauss coefficients).3 -13.1 -12. g o v / s o g / p o t f l d / geomag.2 0. are indexed as types g and h. Internal field models have been established back to 1945.6 -1. From a full IGRF or DGRF table. but still suffer from the problem that our pole concept refers to a position for just the T . The total field map shown in Figure 2. n o a a .Section 3.2 2.1 0. depicted in Figure 3.6 13.2 3. With this table and special formulae. with associated pairs of superscripts and subscripts that go from 0 to 12.0 FIGURE 3.1 -0. m and n. scientists can compute two magnetic pole positions (north and south) where the angle of the internal field (dip) is vertical to the Earth's surface.8 -8. computation and are identified with the spherical harmonics. The full table can be found at the website h t t p : / / w w w .8 1. less accurate.0 -18. scientists can compute. The SV (secular variation) column gives the estimated change per year for projecting the last IGRF coefficient values into future years.html. Only approximately one-third of the full table length is displayed here.0 -0.5 2. n g d c . for the given epoch.8 0.21 was created from year 2000 IGRF tabular values.9 1.2 -8.8 -6.7 -4.6.2 ff'h g g h g g h g h g g h g h g h g g h g h g h g h Pole Markers DGRF 1960 -30421 -2169 5791 -1555 3002 -1967 1590 206 1302 -1992 -414 1289 224 878 -130 957 800 135 504 -278 -394 3 269 -255 77 DGRF DGRF 1970 1975 -30220 -2068 5737 -1781 3000 -2047 1611 25 1287 -2091 -366 1278 251 838 -196 952 800 167 461 -266 -395 26 234 -279 -30100 -2013 5675 -1902 3010 -2067 1632 -68 1276 -2144 -333 1260 262 830 -223 946 791 191 438 -265 -405 39 216 -288 n 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 m 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 DGRF 1965 -30334 -2119 5776 -1662 2997 -2016 1594 114 1297 -2038 -404 1292 240 856 -165 957 804 148 479 -269 -390 13 252 -269 DGRF 1980 -29992 -1956 5604 -1997 3027 -2129 1663 -200 1281 -2180 -336 1251 271 833 -252 938 782 212 398 -257 -419 53 199 -297 DGRF 1985 -29873 -1905 5500 -2072 3044 -2197 1687 -306 1296 -2208 -310 1247 284 829 -297 936 780 232 361 -249 -424 69 170 -297 DGRF 1990 -29775 -1848 5406 -2131 3059 -2279 1686 -373 1314 -2239 -284 1248 293 802 -352 939 780 247 325 -240 -423 84 141 -299 1995 -29682 -1789 5318 -2197 3074 -2356 1685 -425 1329 -2268 -263 1249 302 769 -406 941 782 262 291 -232 -421 98 116 -301 IGRF SV(nT/yr) 17. These poles are determined from a global field. special analyses have been carried out back to 1600.4 4.
The multipole terms have all been computed with respect to the Earth's spin axis and geographic center.9).7) define the centered dipole terms.8.? N N 1 I''~. 3. but uses the north and south magnetic dipole positions instead of the normal geographic spin-axis poles. As we shall see below.3). quadrupole. From these values we obtain a measure of the dipole field that allows us to compare its strength to other magnets and to see how our Earth's main field has been changing over the years--becoming rapidly smaller (Figure 3.w // S octupole N FIGURE 3. The symmetrically S 17. The great circle of geomagnetic longitude that intersects the geographic north pole is labeled 180 ~. The first three internal field g and h coefficients of the IGRF table (Figure 3. Earth-centered coordinates. quadrupole.8). is symmetrical about the Earth's geographic center.78 Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds magnetic dipole part. octupole. a rearranged latitude and longitude pattern about the globe.O I N v . This grid is spaced like the familiar geographic pattern. This means that successive groups of terms produce field patterns just like those from an arrangement of electric charges at the corners of the multipole geometric arrangements. the full IGRF analysis fits features other than a dipole in its modeling. and octupole configurations that are represented by succeeding groups of g and h coefficients in the IGRF.. Each one of the IGRF multipole patterns. and further multipole terms of the data-fitting process (Figure 3. shown in Figure 3. S i I j dipole quadrupole / v / / / S .2.3 Geomagnetic Coordinate Poles The spherical harmonic mathematical computation for determining the reference fields is carried out in geographic. . The tabular values for the IGRF and DGRF coefficients can be grouped to represent the best-fitting dipole. The dipole terms in the IGRF table are used to establish a Geomagnetic Coordinate System (Figure 3.8 I~ Fields from these arrangements of magnetic poles form dipole.
2 Pole Markers 79 FIGURE 3.3). gravitational accretion at the Earth's solid inner . Successive IGRF models show a westward magnetic pole drift at a rate that would cause them to circle the geographic poles in approximately 2000 to 3000 years.Section 3. p.2. drift westward slightly faster than the dipole fields. 128). All these special features challenge the paleomagneticians' modeling and explanation of the deep internal current flows within the Earth (see Section 5. However. about 90% of the main (internal) field energy resides in these dipole terms.9 I~ The constant decrease of the Earth's dipole field strength is shown by the measurements that have been made since the time of Gilbert in 1600. We call the pole locations of the IGRF-dipole-term field the Geomagnetic Coordinate Poles--the second candidate for "Magnetic Poles". it should be remembered that this high percentage of dipole contribution to local field differs at each world location because of the varying sizes of the fields from the other multipole terms in the SHA fitting. All the IGRF and DGRF field models show us that. Note that if the representation of the dipolar part of the IGRF is subtracted from the model. on average. on average. Their research includes studies of the source differences for the dipole and multipole parts of the internal main field.2. Many geophysicists use the geomagnetic coordinate system to organize upper atmospheric and magnetospheric phenomena displays. Figure from M. interactions at the core-mantle boundary of the deep Earth. located geomagnetic dipole field positions are presently offset about 11 ~ from the geographic axis poles (Figure 3. Davis of NGDC/NOAA. the remainder (the nondipole field) shows patterns that.
In one. Two procedures have been used to find the best eccentric axis dipole location. The Eccentric Axis Dipole field of the Earth represents the bulk of the main field energy. attracts world compasses and is essentially the guiding field affecting a charged particle as it nears the Earth.10). on average. The remaining parts of the IGRF low-order multipoles are thought to be due to the nondipole currents within the Earth's outer core (or at the core-mantle boundary) or due to fields from the Earth's magnetized crustal materials.2. This model provides the simplest representation of the directing field that. If we instead analyze that hypothetical dipole about the Earth's spin axis and center. If we analyzed our surface data about this dipole-field axis and center (rather than the spin axis and center). consider a situation in which the Earth has only a simple tilted dipole field that is offset from the Earth's center and there is no Earth-crust magnetization. and radioactive heating.4 T w o E c c e n t r i c A x i s Poles It became evident to early geomagneticians that not only was the Earth's dipole field tilted. we would have a full set of multipole coefficients necessary to represent this simple tilted dipole field. simpler analysis method is now typically used. a significant part of our IGRF multipole coefficients are introduced by our selection of an analysis position that is offset from the natural Earth dipole. we would obtain essentially only the dipole coefficients of the spherical harmonic analysis--no others. Because the quadrupole terms are the second largest multipole field-strength group. Because the eccentric axis dipole location is away from the Earth's geographic center (Figure 3. Thus. The locations where the eccentric axis itself breaks the Earth surface are called the Eccentric Axis Dipole Poles--a third candidate for our . it was offset from the Earth's geographic center. It is important to remember that the IGRF computation procedure of selecting the centered-Earth analysis axis is an arbitrary one. a slightly different. introduced by the researcher. Because of their short spacial dimensions. the high-order multipoles are considered to come only from crustal field sources or noise in the original data. 3.80 Chapter 3 Sailingthe Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds core. the geographic axis field IGRF coefficients were given a second special mathematical analysis that let the dipole tilt and eccentricity (the distance from the Earth geographic center) to be varied until the new dipole terms of the IGRF table were maximized at the expense of all the nondipole terms. That method determines what dipole tilt and eccentricity can best maximize the dipole terms while minimizing just the quadrupole terms. the eccentric dipole field line in the polar region that is perpendicular to the Earth's surface is not the field line that traces the dipole axis. To understand this fact. The dipole field eccentricity contributes to their problem.
Section 3. and its westward rotation about the Earth's center have been changing (Figure 3. Similarly.11). "Magnetic Poles" definition. The main geomagnetic field changes with time. the tilt of the eccentric dipole. the Eccentric Axis Dip Pole locations would be the place where the special magnetic pole search expeditions find their goal. Bombarding auroral electrons follow field lines that are organized with respect to the dipole axis. The completely different locations where the eccentric dipole fields are vertical are called the Eccentric Axis Dip Poles--a forth candidate for "Magnetic Poles". not the Earth's surface. That position is exaggerated here to show how the eccentric dipole axis exits the Earth surface at an angle and how two off-axis field lines (north and south) are perpendicular to the surface when they exit. Southern Hemispheric eccentric axis poles are noticeably further from the Earth's spin axis than their Northern Hemisphere counterparts. its distance from the geographic Earth center.2 Pole Markers 81 FIGURE 3. Were it not for some other difficulties. from about 250 km (156 miles) to about 530 km (331 miles) toward the northwest Pacific.10 I~ The eccentric axis dipole center is offset from the Earth's center. the dipole center position has moved away from the Earth's geographic center. Since the 1800s. The eccentric axis pole positions have a pronounced hemisphere asymmetry. .
Three principal local problems affect the explorer's attempt to define this "place toward which world compasses point. aeromagnetic measurements of field anomalies led to the discovery of oil-bearing regions in northern Alaska.11 I~ The drifting position of the Earth's eccentric axis dipole pole from 1650 to 1985 is shown for the northern Arctic region. Expeditions to the north and south magnetic poles supposedly are searching for the locations where the main field points directly into or out of the surface. There is no concern with measurements elsewhere about the Earth. Figure adapted from A." The first is that the explorers have local measurements only. Positions on or near the islands of northern Canada (Figure 3. Also.12) are known to have crustal geological conductivity features that modify the locally measured fields. For example. C.82 Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds FIGURE 3.4) or off the coast of Antarctica (Figure 3. 3. The second problem is that the magnetic pole expedition's vertical field measurement adds together all the local fields from both above and below . Fraser-Smith. at locations near a lateral change in conductivity (such as at the ocean boundaries of continents or islands) induction causes the observed field fluctuations to follow a sloping surface (called the Parkinson's vectors phenomenon). which are typically dependent on local geological characteristics.5 Locally Measured Dip Poles So far we have discovered four possible poles from our modeling of the full global field measurements.2.
As we shall see shortly. New Zealand. Figure adapted from Atlas of Continents. diurnal (24-hr cycle).4.Section 3.1 .2 Pole Markers 83 . and sector-effect (Section 3. p.5. the arrival of .8ol 14. whereas. and Tasmania shows the strange position for a South Magnetic Pole. what is expected is a unique pole of the Earth's main (internal only) field. 94) distortions of the Earth's high-latitude external (magnetospheric) quiet main field in space that are influencing the surface vertical field measurements.12 I~ This map of the region between Antarctica. Rand McNally & Company. there are seasonal. In addition. the Earth's surface. ~'N NEW ~ " ~ ZEALAND / $ ANTARCTICA Magnet 150 J N D i 1 OCEAN 120 I 90 FIGURE 3.
solar-terrestrial conditions. The map publishers can obtain their information on the best pole positions from the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy scientists. . cartographers for major map publishing companies still indicate this spot where some high-latitude expeditions have found a Locally-Measured Dip Pole (Figure 3.) Also. p. fully quiet. Nevertheless. Charged particles." Another difficulty is the dates that the poles were measures are rarely printed on world charts.13). the average patterns (allowing for small day-night and solar-wind distortions) circle the eccentric axis dipole pole location. just northwest of Thule.4. With the great cost constraints and time limitations imposed on high-latitude research operations. (I will explain this further in Chapter 4. the "place toward which all world compasses point" cannot be obtained from just one polar location measurement.84 Chapter 3 Sailingthe Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds energetic particles from the Sun introduces strong currents that flow in the upper atmosphere at the polar regions on nearly every day of the year. it is the eccentric axis dipole that is guiding the charged particles as they spiral closer to the Earth to excite a visible aurora. although we know that the magnetic field patterns are drifting steadily westward. Greenland.14 and Plate 4). for some strange reason. It takes a full global internal field pattern obtained from a global network of observatories to establish the best dipole location. 3. Antarctica.2. Thus. When solar-terrestrial disturbances are ripe for an entire polar auroral oval to be illuminated (Figure 3. follow paths toward the ionosphere defined by the Earth's distant field with its activity. which is our fifth and poorest candidate for that important designation as the "Magnetic Pole. Most of this distortion of the Earth's dipole field disappears in the stronger field region inside 3 Earth radii. The third problem is that the desired internal main field can only be separated from the external field by a complete global analysis for which the single polar expedition has no data. seasonal. 88) are quite different in the long sunlit days of summertime polar expeditions than they are in the long nights of winter. it is highly unlikely that the summertime exploration team remains long enough at the selected site to obtain a record of the rare. Fields from the multipole terms of the main field decrease faster with altitude than fields from the dipole terms. arriving from the Sun. the ionospheric currents (see Section 3. and day-night distortions. in the Northern Hemisphere and somewhat northeast of Vostok Station. not from overenthusiastic polar explorers.6 Satellite E v i d e n c e of Poles Satellites that photograph high-latitude auroras have given us a visual record of the effective Earth magnetic dipole locations--they are not anywhere near the marks on most world maps.
These are the pole locations with significant meaning. auroral region (ionospheric) currents. in the Southern Hemisphere. induced currents in the Earth. and special ocean-coast effects (in addition to the main field). This anomalous region (Figure 2.13 I~ The polar region's locally measured vertical field position does not indicate the Earth's internal main field pole.Section 3.20) is identified with the low field values in the South Atlantic-South America region. A magnetometer positioned there also responds to the magnetic fields of high-latitude field-aligned currents.21) is a clear manifestation of the eccentric axis offset from the Earth's spin axis-- . The region where there are major satellite-memory upsets caused by bombarding particles (Figure 2.2 Pole Markers 85 FIGURE 3.
Our Sun's field is thought to extend to a heliospheric boundary at nearly 100 times the Sun-Earth distance. 13. Similar magnetic fields have been detected at places in the intergalactic space. The midnight meridian is close to the right of this figure. .1 gamma. an important reason for recognizing the significance of the eccentric axis field representation.86 Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds FIGURE 3. Figure from NASA. A coastline map of North America and Greenland is superposed on the image.14 I~ Every satellite picture of Earth's northern auroral oval appears to be centered near a pole location for the eccentric axis dipole.31 A Space of Quiet Fields Astronomical measurements of light polarization have shown that our Milky Way Galaxy can exhibit magnetic fields of nearly 0. sunlight can be seen as a crescent at the left.
primarily because of a strong and varying assault of charged particles and fields from the Sun. the main field has approximately the form of the eccentric axis dipole. the Earth's field becomes distorted beyond that distance. that stand-off position is approximately 11 or 12 Re (Figure 3. the direction of the magnetospheric tail boundary can stretch far past the moon's orbit (60 Re). Downwind. During major blasts of the solar wind. The magnetospheric tail is always extended toward the downwind. on average. On the day side. The solar wind further restricts the full magnetospheric envelope on the night side. away from the Sun. in times of extreme quiet. In the yearly path of the Earth about the Sun. the sunward boundary can be compressed to 6 Re. This solar wind bounds the entire region of space dominated by the Earth's main field and forces the magnetospheric outer boundary into an extended tear-drop shape. the tilt of the Earth's axis gives us our seasonal climate changes. Re. but. out to a distance of several Earth radii (1 Earth radius. Shaded regions represent the inner and outer radiation (Van Allen) belts where charged particles accumulate. opposite to the apparent seasonal . the tail appears to shift seasonally north and south of the geomagnetic equator. However.15 II~ The boundary of the magnetospheric field pattern can extent from about 6 to 25 Re toward the Sun.15). depending on the compression by the solar wind. antisolar direction. = 6371 km or 3959 miles). the sunward boundary of the magnetosphere can extend to 25 Re. In the space around the Earth. called the solar wind. two or more times the Moon's orbital distance at 60 Re. which defines the ecliptic plane.3 A Space of Quiet Fields 87 FIGURE 3. The main field distortion at such times at low latitudes can reach 40 gammas. from our viewpoint on Earth.Section 3. A long tail of the magnetosphere is blown outward. Thus. This constant deformation of the magnetosphere is detectable at the magnetic observatories located about the world.
a great number of solar-terrestrial charged particles organized by the magnetospheric field gather to form two donut-like girdle patterns about the Earth. verified by satellite measurements. which recombine to produce ozone (03) molecules and form a layer about the Earth that is concentrated near the 25 to 30 km (16 to 19 miles) level. Some of these particles drift to much lower altitudes.41 Conducting Blanket The Sun's visible light colors range from long-wavelength deep-dark red through the rainbow spectrum to short-wavelength violet. there are still enough molecules of nitrogen and . Air becomes thinner at higher altitudes. can be detected at the Earth-surface magnetic observatories as an apparent seasonal change in the night-time field level of about 10 gammas at mid-latitudes. The shorter the wavelength of light. From about 90 to 1000 km (56 to 625 miles). Very close to the Earth a major portion of the UV energy is used to split oxygen molecules (02) of the air into atoms of oxygen.21). scientists detect a decrease in arriving cosmic rays at such times (Forbush effect). Past the violet colors of the spectrum is ultraviolet (UV) light. the molecules that have been broken into charged ions and electrons can recombine quickly because there are so many nearby particles of opposite charge. That field also arranges the many special current patterns that attend bursts of solar-terrestrial activity that we will examine in Chapter 4. This solar ultraviolet radiation is strong enough to break apart the nitrogen and oxygen molecules of our atmosphere into ions and electrons.20).0 Re. Curiously. there are too few air molecules to stop much of the UV radiation. This shift. 13. In addition. At higher altitudes. Far above the Earth. the cosmic rays are swept away from the Earth by that wind. the higher the radiation energy.15). Man-made satellites are usually routed to avoid the potential damage by the concentration of belt particles in that region (Figure 2. against which we all try to protect our skins with sunscreen and our eyes with sunglasses.5 to 6. to about 90 km (56 miles). Principally at the two distances of approximately 1. that travel throughout our Milky Way galaxy. particularly where the Earth's main field is weak. during strong solar winds. called galactic cosmic rays. toward the South America-South Atlantic Ocean region (Figure 2. The route for the arrival of the many charged particles that the Earth encounters in space is determined by the Earth's magnetospheric field.88 Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds Sun position.2 Re to 4. The presence of man-made chemicals has initiated a depletion of this fragile layer that protects us from much of the UV radiation.0 Re and 4. the Earth is bombarded by very high-energy particles. called the inner and outer radiation (Van Allen) belts (Figure 3.
upper-atmosphere composition. The electron density values shown here are for midday. Therefore. The maximum electron density is usually found to be near 300 km (188 miles).16 I~ A high concentration of electrons in the ionized air forms the ionosphere. but too few molecules to provide a substantial recombination rate. The reason for this difference is that the electrical conductivity of . the lighter atoms of hydrogen and helium dominate over the heavier atoms of nitrogen and oxygen in this higher. although. oxygen to absorb some UV and be broken into ions and electrons.4 ConductingBlanket 89 FIGURE 3. above 900 km (560 miles). the region that can carry strong currents is near 100 km (63 miles). summertime. In the lower half of that region an ionized layer of electron and ions forms (various combinations of nitrogen and/or oxygen) as a conducting blanket (the ionosphere). which is profiled by the electron density (Figure 3. Gravity holds our atmosphere near the Earth. at mid-latitudes. Radiowaves bounce between the ionosphere and the Earth--higher frequency signals are returned from the higher electron density regions.16).Section 3.
13. Any electric currents arriving in this region are channeled into a narrow ionospheric current band (called the equatorial electrojet) causing an enhanced field effect at the ground. there are latitude and seasonal constraints on the ionosphere's appearance. summer days at polar locations can be in full daylight and winter days in full darkness. 2. Radiowave signals that are transmitted through the atmosphere can be reflected at the ionospheric conducting surfaces (Figure 3. the rising and setting of the Sun each day (our source of UV radiation) provides a daily variation in the ionization.16). Although the 100-km night-time ionization almost disappears.22). not all the ionosphere goes away at night. However.90 Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds the ionosphere depends on some special features. and 3. The reflection depends on the radiowave frequency at which the transmitting station sends the signal and on the special nature of the conductor that is encountered. As we might expect from the changes in Sun exposure around the Earth. such as: 1. the Earth's magnetic field strength and direction in the region. One unique feature occurs at the magnetic dip equator ionosphere--where the Earth's main field near 100 km in altitude is directed horizontally to the Earth surface. Another unique feature happens in the high-latitude ionosphere where auroras occur.51 Quietly Flowing Currents 3. For example. let us first recall what happens in a hydroelectric plant that delivers electricity to a town. That field direction causes the ionospheric gas conductivity to become extremely large. In this way.1 A Dynamo To understand the daily ionospheric currents. Of course. how often the ions and electrons collide (the collision frequency). The water moves a .5. information can be transmitted to the opposite side of the Earth (see Figure 2. Bombarding particles that produce the auroras (a subject we will explore in Chapter 4) produce extra local ionization and conductivity so that strong auroral electrojet currents flow. the suitability of the ions and electrons to recombine (recombination coefficient). Our distant radiowave communications to locations that are not as close as our local radio stations depend on bouncing the radiowave signals between the conducting Earth and the conducting ionosphere. the collisions of the ions and electrons above 200 km (125 miles) in altitude are rare enough that some of the ionization slowly decreases until the start of the next day.
When an electrical conductor (the copper wire) is forced through the magnetic field. They just use the fuel-burning engine to turn the conductors through the field. The amount of current depends on the strength of the field from the dynamo magnet. and the conducting properties of that wire. Of course. The daily heating and FIGURE 3. free electrons flowing along a copper wire) in a field.5 Quietly Flowing Currents 91 paddlewheel connected to a mechanical dynamo. This dynamo is just a large magnet that produces a strong magnetic field. .17 I~ A hydroelectric plant uses a water turbine to move conducting wires through the field of a strong magnet. Commercial. The current that is created has the direction that a screw would progress when turned clockwise from the direction of the wire velocity toward the direction of the magnetic field. This is the same principle of physics that causes naturally oscillating fields to induce electric currents in the conducting Earth. fuel-burning electric plants produce electricity similarly. it matters not whether the field is stationary and the conductor moves.Section 3. electric current flows in the wire (Figure 3.17). or the conductor is stationary and the field moves. as far as the current flow is concerned. This is a result of the requirements of basic physics for the moving charges (here. the velocity with which the wire conductor is moved. through which copper wires are moved by the connected paddlewheel.
where collisions are rare. the wind system within the ionosphere. Geographic latitude effects in Sq behavior are largely dependent on the Earth's main field and the Sun's elevation angle at the magnetic observatory. the electric conductivity of the lower ionosphere. Use Figure 1. causing a current to flow near 100 km (62. surface fields there can be as much as six times that of the nearby low-latitude values. the direction and strength of the Earth's main field.21 to visualize the surface fields from this vortex. typically 10 to 30 gammas for mid-latitudes. At much higher altitudes. Seasonal changes in both the ionospheric conductivity. At lower altitudes. But because they have fewer collisions to impede their forward direction. Together the two motions force a daily motion on the ionospheric charged particles (the dynamo conductor) in the Earth's main field (the dynamo magnet). . The difference in the sign of the charge causes the negative electrons to move in one direction and the positive ions in another. However. that occur at the ionospheric altitudes. the smaller electrons dominate the current flow near the 100-km level. Also.2 S o l a r Q u i e t . Such current is responsible for the recurring regular form of the daytime field variations seen at world observatories. and the location of the observing station with respect to the subsolar Sq vortex. changing with solar activity and season. Sq The 100-km-high ionospheric current is given the name solar quiet-day variations (Sq).92 Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds cooling of the atmosphere of the Earth as it spins on its axis causes a daily cycle of atmospheric expansion and contraction. due to the lunar-tidal motion in the atmosphere (similar to lunar tides in our oceans).18) and in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere. This causes a special high equatorial ionospheric conductivity that concentrates daytime Sq dynamo currents. there are global winds. where the ionospheric conductivity is large. and the atmospheric expansion or contraction cause seasonal changes in the Sq current. Studies in the early twentieth century have shown that Sq fields can be modeled by two global vortices of dynamo currents in the ionosphere that flow counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere (Figure 3.5 miles) in altitude. As you might guess. where the main field is horizontal. The lunar-caused ionospheric currents are typically less than 10% of the Sq field size.5. there is little or no ionization for significant conductivity. 3. The size of a local Sq field change in daytime depends on the ionospheric movement. a special effect occurs in an equatorial band within approximately 6 ~ north and south of the magnetic dip equator. the two motions cancel out the current. there is also a lunar quiet-day ionospheric current.
5.18 I~ The principal ionospheric current system. 3. 2. or sudden heating by auroral-related currents. and 3. Occasionally special disruptions modify the ionosphere sufficiently that the normal Sq currents are upset. decreased ionization in the narrow path of a solar eclipse. flows counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. jostling of the ionosphere by traveling pressure waves that arrive from volcanic eruptions. The currents are enhanced at the magnetic dip equator. increased ionization caused by an exposure of the day-side ionosphere to x-rays from a sudden disturbance on the Sun.5 Quietly Flowing Currents 93 FIGURE 3. All these special effects are used by the upper-atmospheric physicists to determine and monitor the nature of distant source regions. magnetic field sensors (magnetometers) not only respond to the Earth's main field but also to the summation of the external . Such events include" 1. atmospheric atomic explosions. on the Sun side of the Earth. All currents are more intense in the summer months than in winter.3 Induction At the Earth's surface.Section 3.
Geomagneticians use the separated. Once they establish the ionospheric source current size and patterns. special mathematical techniques allow them to compute how the Earth's conductivity must change with depth to allow the observed induced currents to flow there and contribute to the observed surface field behavior. there is a correspondence of the interaction of the weak tail field region with the toward or away direction of the prevailing solar wind.94 Chapter 3 Sailing the Magnetic Seas in Calm Winds ionospheric current fields and to the fields of induced internal currents that flow within the conducting Earth (Figure 3.19). surface field measurements of the quiet-day external and internal Sq current signals to measure the upper-mantle electrical conductivity of the Earth. Depending on the direction of the field component attending the solar wind. The penetration of the magnetic fields within the Earth decreases with increasing frequency of the oscillation and decreases with an increase of the Earth's conductivity. Because the polar region field lines in space connect to the downstream magnetospheric tail boundary.19 I~ Oscillatingprimary (source) currents above the Earth's surface cause secondary (induced) currents to flow within the conducting Earth. The time variation and scale of the ionospheric quiet currents limit the penetration depth. toward (T) or away (A) from the Sun.5.4 Sectors When magnetic records from polar regions on quiet days are inspected. The sector effect is seen as FIGURE 3. 3. a special daily solar sector effect is found. a corresponding field change occurs. from the surface to the start of the Earth's lower mantle (Figure 2. for the conductivity determinations. .24).
Greenland I I I' I f I '1 ' I I ~ I 95 Toward Sector June 8 OI C) 04 E E t~ Away Sector June 12 l 00 I ! 06 I I J 12 i i i 18 ~ 24 Universal Time FIGURE 3. a phase shift in the 100-gamma daily oscillation of quiet condition variation field at a polar cap observatory (Figure 3. p.2. 130.20). Thule.4. Greenland.5 Quietly Flowing Currents Thule.Section 3. . There is a complete change in the phase of the sine wave that best represents the two records (light smooth curve).20 I~ Toward and Away solar-sector effects can be observed at the north geomagnetic pole station. Traces of these sector-field effects can extend down to the middle latitudes (see also Section 5.
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Umbrella for Magnetic Storms
Magnetic storms were so named because of their similarity to severe weather changes. Storms are major disturbances, upsetting the calm of our normal, seasonal, day-to-day world. Under the umbrella name Magnetic Storms, scientists have included all the disturbance phenomena of particles and fields that distress our quiet magnetosphere. Let us start this part of our tour with a few words about the disturbed Sun, the source of geomagnetic storms.
Disturbances in Sight
4.1.1 On the Sun
The Sun's surface is constantly boiling out particles from small and large eruptions, especially in the regions near the sunspots (Figure 2.27) and at places where the solar magnetic field provides a guiding outward path. Solar disturbances (Plate 1) cause most of the large transient changes in the Earth's magnetic field. We know that the Sun has an activity cycle, just under 11 years on average, that corresponds to the sunspot number, R. The spots are somewhat cooler regions (about 3600~ or 2000~ on the visible solar surface (photosphere), which is about 10,500~ (5800~ The R index is related to the area size of all the visible spots. The solar activity cycle begins with the first spots at about 35 ~ north and south latitudes. The number of spots and their size increase as their locations move equatorward toward about 10 ~ to 15 ~ solar latitudes (Figure 4.1). The cycle ends with just a few small spots near the Sun's equator. The most recent sunspot maximum (number 23) occurred in
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FIGURE 4.1 I~ E.W. Maunder's original 1922 plot of the central locations for sunspots from 1874 until 1913 (larger letters for years and latitudes have been added). Although the Sun's southern hemisphere has more spots in the years depicted here, the hemisphere dominance changes in other years. Note the limitation of sunspots to latitudes below about 40~ and the overlap of the ending of one sunspot cycle with the beginning of another.
the year 2000. Irregularities in a smooth growth and decay of an R cycle often repeat in another cycle when similar solar latitude regions contribute sunspots. Sunspots provide evidence of a slowly rotating solar surface (once every 27 days near 20 ~ solar latitudes) in the same direction as the Earth's yearly path about the Sun. The general persistence of active areas for several or more rotations of the Sun provides some monthly predictability of solar activity. Those who track solar disturbances and the Sun's mass ejection of energetic particles identify (Figures 4.2):
1. Plages, which are uniformly bright areas on the solar surface.
2. Solar flares, usually near sunspots, which are brilliant outbursts of particles and radiation. 3. Spectacular prominences, which are grand glowing arches of solar gases seen on the solar limb (called filaments when viewed on the solar disk). 4. Large coronal holes of singular magnetic field polarity, where concentrated streams of particles, corotating with the solar surface, are observed leaving the Sun.
5. . Photo from SEC/NOAA. and arches of solar gases.3).2 I~ The active Sun seen through a filter that emphasizes plages. The Sun displays unique magnetic field patterns that often provide a guiding path for the gas of high-energy charged particles (called plasma) which leaves the Sun as a solar wind usually taking 2 to 3 days to reach the Earth.Section 4. The Sun's dipole field switches its north and south poles every 11-year cycle.1 Disturbances in Sight 99 FIGURE 4. filaments. That alternation is also found in changes of the special fields within sunspot and coronal hole regions. The Sun also has both an overall magnetic dipole field (Figure 4. prominences. which surrounds the solar surface with a luminous glow of the outward-streaming particles (Figure 4.4) and very strong fields associated with the spots and disturbance areas. The solar corona.
the sprinkler head has moved a little before the next particle leaves. the bursts of high-energy charged particles and fields from the especially active solar regions are superposed on a constant stream of the solar plasma (Figure 4. showing the glowing corona of outward-streaming particles.3) that moves outward at about 300 to 350 km/sec (190 to 220 miles/sec). The pattern of outflowing water or solar particles forms what is called an Archimedes spiral.2 In the W i n d In the solar wind. CME.4). The solar plasma describes an immense spiral pattern. The coronal energy delivered to the solar wind represents approximately one-millionth of the total radiation from the Sun. see Plate 2) travels outward faster to cause a shock wave as it encounters the slower. . more constant plasma stream. Such motion can be compared to the spiral we see in the water path from a rotating lawn sprinkler.3 I~ Image of an eclipse of the Sun by the Moon. 4.100 Chapter 4 Umbrellafor Magnetic Storms FIGURE 4. determined by the outward radial speed of the ejected particles and the rotation of the Sun's surface (Figure 4.1. Photo by the High Altitude Observatory of NCAR. The matter exploding from the Sun (called coronal mass ejection. Although each particle of water is shot out radially.
Section 4. This locked-in solar-wind magnetic field is described in terms of a vector (an arrow with a magnitude and a direction) that can be resolved into three perpendicular components. carries along a magnetic field that is determined near the Sun itself. in both quiet and active times.5. The solar rotation produces an Archimedes spiral pattern of particle flow in the ecliptic plane. p. 94). creating the toward or away field patterns carried to the Earth by the solar wind radial outflow of particles (see Section 3. Its interaction with the Earth's main field. which affect the Earth's polar region field (Section 3. slightly tilted with respect to the Sun's equator. 94). In this chapter. determines the severity of a resulting magnetic storm. so changes the radial outflow of solar plasma (magnetic fields and ionized particles).4 I~ The Sun's dipole-like field at quiet times is illustrated by this hairy ball. The most important direction for the wind interaction with the Earth is the north-south component of wind field. The toward-away (from the Sun) component defines what are called Toward and Away Sectors (Figure 4.4). The .5.4. we explore some of the magnetic effects of the solar-wind bursts of particles and fields when they arrive at the Earth to cause major disturbances.4. which has the opposite direction.1. The outward flow of solar plasma. high-latitude fields are mostly open. The rectangular surface represents the ecliptic plane (defined by the Earth's annual path about the Sun). 4. At differing solar longitudes.1 Disturbances in Sight 101 FIGURE 4.3 Storms Overhead Earth Field Encounter As the sunspot number changes through its l 1-year cycle. p. Low-latitude fields are mostly closed on the solar surface. either the Sun's northern or southern high-latitude fields dominate the ecliptic plane.
The maximum occurrence of geomagnetic storms is usually delayed by about 1 or 2 years after a sunspot maximum. The gradually changing latitude of the solar active regions during the cycle (Figure 4. The magnetosheath is the region between the bow shock and the magnetopause. Using measurements from special satellites. The outer boundary of the magnetosphere is called the magnetopause. The sunward boundary (standoff position) of the magnetosphere (Figure 4. Earth responds to this activity.1). space scientists establish the wind's Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) direction at the magnetospheric stand-off (encounter) position.5 and Plate 3) is forced inward by the bowshock and the solar wind reconfigures the full magnetospheric envelope into the extended teardrop shape. When the solar wind burst IMF at the stand-off region turns southward with respect . seem to be responsible for this delay.5 I~ Configurationand table of the principal currents in the magnetosphere during a major geomagnetic storm.102 Chapter 4 Umbrella for Magnetic Storms FIGURE 4. with a similar l 1-year cycle of magnetic disturbances. and the alignment of the Earth's orbit nearer to a plane that includes the solar active regions. The bursts of solar-eruption particles encounter the magnetic field of the Earth at almost a 45 ~ Archimedes spiral angle.
5 illustrates the six principal currents around the Earth during magnetic storms. The interaction causes a considerable quantity of energy to be stored in the magnetospheric tail region. intense ionospheric currents. Special currents (called partial ring currents) form gathering locations near 3 to 7 Re. and purple colors that are characteristic of the air molecules and the excitation energy (Figures 4. During the equinoxes. and solar particles then enter the magnetosphere to start a magnetic storm.to 190-mile) ionosphere at high latitudes. charged particles (primarily solar electrons. yellow. Glamorous Display As precipitating energetic particles of field-aligned currents encounter the denser upper atmosphere of the Earth. This process is somewhat similar to the glowing of gas in a neon sign as electrons of the electric current bombard the special gas within the tube. when the high-latitude northern and southern hemispheres have similar darkness periods. Solar particles gradually accumulate in the Van Allen belts (see Section 3. In addition to the auroras. highlatitude thermospheric (atmosphere above 90 km or 56 miles in altitude) heating. These paths are defined by the distribution of particle types. During the magnetic storm. photographs show that the disturbance particles arriving from the far magnetosphere are about equally likely to spill into both hemispheres of the Earth. thermospheric pressure waves. . other effects of this magnetic storm are magnetospheric shape change. particles are dumped into the highlatitude regions of the Earth as field-aligned currents to cause more magnetic storms.6 and 4. and a little helium) originating in the solar wind can follow complicated paths within the magnetosphere. The almost mirror-image patterns in the two high-latitude regions are called Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and Aurora Australis (Southern Lights).3. where field-aligned currents of charged particles flow to (and from) the highlatitude ionosphere.to 300-km-high (63. powerful field-aligned currents.1 Disturbances in Sight 103 to the Earth's northward main field. and the shape of the Earth's field. and induced currents in the Earth. Let us look at some of these effects as detected at the Earth's surface observatories. strong partial ring currents. When the loading of this tail energy becomes a sufficient size. they hit and break apart oxygen and nitrogen molecules. protons. growth and decay of intense magnetospheric tail currents. Figure 4. The resulting ions release the excess energy from the collision as auroral lights (Plate 5) with red. their energy. 88). green.7). releasing energy. p.Section 4. the oppositely directed field lines interconnect. near the 100.
bombard the local oxygen and nitrogen atoms. Figure adapted from L. which release their newly acquired extra energy as auroral lights (wavelengths given in nanometers. .6 I~ Electrons. nm).104 Chapter 4 Umbrella for Magnetic Storms FIGURE 4. arriving in the upper atmosphere as part of the magnetospheric field-aligned current. Combs and R. Viereck of NOAA Space Environment Center.
7 I~ Auroral display over the Antarctic region photographed May 1985 from Spacelab Challenger. at the onset of a geomagnetic storm.4 Agitation in the Fields Storm Fingerprints The most outstanding features in a collection of geomagnetic records are the storms. there often occurs a sudden spike-like change in field strength shown by the northward (H) component.13). Magnetic observatories around the world record the amplitude and direction of disturbance fields that are superposed on the internal main field of the Earth.9) that has been identified with the compression of the Earth's Sun-facing side of the main field. H-component increase (called the initial phase. with larger amplitudes generally associated with the longer periods (Figure 4. Field strengths during large storms can reach several hundred gammas at mid-latitude stations and above 1000 gammas at the auroral zones (recall Figure 1. Figure 4. 4. This spike is thought to represent the shock from the arrival of the solar-wind disturbance at the day side of the magnetospheric boundary.8). Then there typically follows a slower.1. Photo by R. The disturbances span a range of periods from seconds to many hours. The magnetospheric stand-off position (Figure 4. On the records.Section 4.1 Disturbances in Sight 105 FIGURE 4.5) can be estimated from the size of this positive field increase . Overmyer of NASA.
=. The growth and movement of this tail current is a primary contributor to the observed surface fields at low-latitude locations near the midnight hours during a storm (Figure 4. at the Earth's surface. Note the principal auroral zone activity for this event near 65 to 75 ~ latitude and the daytime enhancement at the magnetic equator (local time there is about 5 hours earlier than Universal Time). p. A gigantic Saturn-like ring current was thought to grow with the arrival of solar wind ions and decay as the charged l~articles disappeared upon recombination. and forms the north and south tail lobes. Storm Explanations In the early years of the first man-made satellites. constant latitude lines indicate the location of the observatories.8 I~ Example of the spectral amplitudes of the 30. The amplitude scale of the particular spectral component (30 minutes or 60 minutes) is in proportion to the peak value (in gammas) indicated on each display. with a considerably intense internal sheet current. producing field changes that are detectable at the Earth's surface. Of course.9) as a summation of the many different current systems that have been newly created. a main phase and recovery phase of the storm follow (Figure 4.15). In these displays. After this compression.10). 116).and 60-minute-period components of the horizontal variation of the geomagnetic field on a magnetic storm day of high daily activity index (Ap = 149. in response to the solar wind direction. Subsequent direct measurement by satellites found this ring-current model to be a general representation of an ensemble of source . the magnetotail current position changes seasonally to a downwind location.1. it was believed that the large negative field seen during a magnetic storm at low-latitude observatories was simply a feature of the particle radiation belts circling the Earth (see Figure 3.5). The arriving solar-wind disturbance modifies the currents on the outer magnetospheric boundary.5. This tail current is roughly perpendicular to the Earth's eccentric dipole-field axis (see Figure 4. a special circulation forms in the magnetospheric tail. see Section 4. During the storm development.106 30 MIN Chapter 4 Umbrella for Magnetic Storms 60 MIN 116 53 FIGURE 4. the geomagnetic latitude locations are all north of the equator in the American continents. north or south of the magnetic equator.
Section 4. creating a major contribution to the storm-time fields at low and equatorial latitudes.12). For convenience in representation. In the region of approximately 3 to 8 Re. 1980 FIGURE 4. a part of these electrojet currents is led away from the auroral zone into the day-side lower latitude ionosphere. 19. current patterns.lnitial V i l l i V i l l i Phase TPhase . k I 250 Gamma Hermanus-H J. Field-aligned current (Figure 4. 9Recovery Phase l i l y IV V l V I l l i ' V i l l i -- Honolulu-H Kakioka-H " ' a~. The contribution of the quiet-day field variation has been removed from each record. A concentration of these currents . The storm field pattern is so reproducible that special names (indicated at the top of the figure) have been assigned to each part. all the magnetic fields of the auroral electrojet current and the field-aligned currents measured at observatories in the auroral and polar regions can be represented as contours of current flowing parallel to the Earth's surface in the ionosphere.5) that dominates the magnetic fields in that region.5) into and away from the auroral latitude ionosphere of both the northern and southern auroral zones.11) is another principal contributor to the storm fields sensed by magnetometers from the polar regions to the middle latitudes. Closing currents within the conducting ionosphere form a westward auroral electrojet current (current F of Figure 4. 1980 Universal Time 18 00 06 12 18 24 Dec. 20. i i i J I | A | J i J | | i A J t & il i & i i Ji J i jli i iLil J A I Jk Ik & II I 00 06 12 Dec. many currents were found that stayed briefly in part of the ring region. Because of the ionospheric conductivity.9 II~ Example of a typical geomagnetic storm variation for the northward (H) component of fields recorded a four low-latitude stations (listed at left). but dumped their particles as field-aligned currents (see B and C in Figure 4.1 Disturbances in Sight ~ Main~ v i l l i l l l V l ~ll'V 107 Commencement San Juan-H Sudden ~. Such displays are called equivalent storm currents (Figure 4. spaced in longitude around the Earth.
10 I~ During a magnetic storm. count the electrons that are arriving. southward. during the geomagnetic storm. These currents produce a disturbed field with a specific direction at low-latitude observatories on the midnight side of the Earth. . The magnetic disturbance is always accompanied by a sharp increase in the field pulsations with periods of seconds. That ionization causes the region to become more conducting and opaque to the reception of constant cosmic noise emitted by our galaxy in radiowave frequencies. typically occurs in the post-midnight to pre-dawn hours and is called an auroral electrojet. December. The cross-tail currents move similarly.5). modifies this seasonal shift of tail current depending on the Earth's magnetic dipole location during the midnight field observation. In the auroral region. northward) with the antisolar location. As the air molecules are split apart. strong cross-tail currents flow (see D in Figure 4. Instruments on highaltitude balloons. Figure 4. The northward magnetic field at the surface decreases. Because of the solar wind flow.108 Chapter 4 Umbrellafor Magnetic Storms FIGURE 4. measuring the radiation from the individual bombarding electrons as they encounter atmosphere molecules. An offset of the Earth's eccentric dipole axis.13 illustrates the simultaneous occurrence of all these phenomena. the number of ions increase in the ionosphere. a number of related processes occur that can be detected simultaneously. the magnetotail extends away from the Earth into a downstream direction that shifts seasonally (June. away from the spin axis. attending the growth of a westward auroral electrojet current in the ionosphere.
Both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres of the Earth receive the field changes.11 I~ Here we see a typical pattern for some field-aligned currents at the polar region auroral oval during geomagnetic storms. Therefore. the surface magnetic fields all around the Earth are disturbed. only a few of these currents might be seen at any one time. Because the Earth's electrical conductivity increases quite rapidly with depth below its surface. positive) and away from the ionosphere (-. During a magnetic storm.1 Disturbances in Sight 109 FIGURE 4. Although much of the auroral region is affected during the hours of major disturbance. fields from the partial ring currents. and ionospheric currents observed at the Earth's surface are mostly those whose current sources are near the same Earth side as the observatory itself. Local time is indicated around the circumference. Figure 4. These currents travel into the ionosphere (+. negative). field-aligned currents.Section 4. The variations in the two fields would be completely symmetrical were it not for the offset of the eccentric magnetic dipole axis with respect to the spin axis of the Earth and the summer-winter differences that distort the magnetosphere and change the conductivity of the ionosphere. .14 shows how magnetic records appear at conjugate auroral latitude stations during a disturbed period near equinox. that high-conductivity property shields an observatory on one side of the Earth from sensing field variations that occur on the other side of the Earth. At high and auroral latitude locations that are identified as lying at the opposite Earth-bound feet of a main field line (called conjugate positions) the field disturbance changes are quite similar in appearance because of the symmetrical way that the particles and fields from the Sun enter the Earth's environment.
This process (called Joule heating) arises in much the same way as the heating from strong electric currents flowing through a given resistance in the wires of home electrical heaters.110 Chapter 4 Umbrella for Magnetic Storms FIGURE 4. pro- . Another stronger pressure wave.15). travels equatorward in the thermosphere (mainly just above the ionosphere maximum) from the conjugate auroral zones. A faint pressure wave travels through the atmosphere at the sonic speed of about 300 m/sec (675 miles/hr) to be detected at the Earth's surface with ultrasensitive barometers (Figure 4. =. The sudden Joule heating during storms expands the atmospheric gasses in the auroral storm current region with two effects. This wave disrupts the high ionosphere. Figure adapted from Akasofu and Chapman.12 1~ The equivalent ionospheric current contours (higher current represented by closer contour lines) for fields of a single storm at Northern Hemisphere observatories are plotted in geomagnetic latitude and geomagnetic time (local time adjusted for the geomagnetic longitude) coordinates. at just under sonic speed. Heating Strong field-aligned currents flowing between the magnetosphere and the highlatitude ionosphere cause intense heating.
Alaska. the traces. the field from the westward auroral electrojet current. illustrate the simultaneous occurrence of the arriving auroral electrons. top to bottom.Section 4.13 I~ For a geomagnetic storm measured at Fairbanks. and the increase in geomagnetic field pulsations.1 Disturbances in Sight 111 FIGURE 4. the increase in ionospheric density causing absorption of radiowaves. .
auroral zone stations of Great Whale River (GHW). !. Antarctica. 14 UT FIGURE 4. Some phenomena. these are the field changes in the northward (H). which are not traceable to solar sources. Hours at bottom are given in Universal Time (UT) for a March event. Scale sizes are indicated by the arrows to the right of the field traces..! 12 I . Byrd ! _! 10 I. eastward (D). and downward (Z) directions at the conjugately located. . ducing a storm-time ionization change and modifying the day-side quiet-time ionospheric dynamo currents.14 I~ During a magnetic storm day. Canada. Pressure waves from volcanic explosions often reach the ionosphere and move the charged particles .112 Chapter 4 U m b r e l l a for M a g n e t i c S t o r m s H I'" I 1 I ' I I ' I I N GWR ~'100~. and Byrd Station. N t Byrd 08 10 12 14 UT GWR D E E t l00~/ 08 10 I "1" I ' ~ 1007 Byrd 12 i I 14 UT Z I I I DN ~ 1007 GWR DN ~1007 I 08 . can also agitate the atmosphere sufficiently to cause magnetic fields.
Alaska. .16 I~ An atmospheric nuclear explosion in August 1962 at Novaya Zemlya.. in that region.."/:-" FOR T = 110 sec _L. 1962. the explosion pressure wave produced an infrasonic disturbance and generated small ionospheric dynamo currents that were recorded as geomagnetic field pulsations with periods of 5 to 30 seconds..15 I~ Heating from auroral currents caused this atmospheric pressure wave. Upon its arrival at Fort Yukon... There are no clear latitude boundaries for the many storm effects and parts of many sources are spread globally.. ~ 2110 FIGURE 4. At the po- . . it is possible to point out some generalizations. The pressure waves. causing electric currents whose signature is seen at the Earth. .. The light and dark traces indicate north-south. Alaska. However. initiated an Earth-circling pressure wave that traveled at sonic speed. which oscillates in the period range of 10 to 50 seconds.16).. . which originated in the region of auroral displays on 17 August... The maximum amplitude shown here is approximately 3. 2055 _~ . ~ 2045 .. .5 dynes/cm 2 (pressure scale units)..... _~300~_150~ 10dynes/cm 2 " l " m i n j ~.and east-west-directed microphones that are used to determine the arrival direction. What the local magnetic records show for a solar-terrestrial disturbance depends on the location of the observatory because so many differing storm processes have suddenly been initiated... Russia... / : i I _ ]_~L 1 GAMMA T.. N-S PULSATIONFIELD FIGURE 4. That blast disturbed the ionosphere sufficiently to cause global dynamo electric currents whose fields were detected at the Earth's surface (Figure 4.. were detected at Fort Yukon.....Section 4.1 Disturbances in Sight 113 . A Russian high-altitude nuclear explosion above Novaya Zemlya in August 1962 initiated a pressure wave that traveled around the world at sonic speeds..
8). At the high latitudes of auroral and subauroral regions. 4. The current-carrying region of the ionosphere has its conductivity significantly enhanced both by the auroral process and by the ionization attending the day-side solar illumination.17).5 Measures of Activity AE Index In the ionospheric regions of the active auroras. field-aligned currents.11).1. but more distant. nearby ionospheric currents often have a proportionally greater effect at the Earth's surface at daytime than the stronger. a special global auroral electrojet index (AE) of the magnetic storm strength is calculated from the maximum range (amplitude between the most positive and most negative) of values obtained in an overplot of the horizontal variation component values from a collection (typically 5 to 12) of observatories in the northern high-latitude auroral-zone circle (Figure 4. field-aligned (Figure 4. For each Universal Time hour. At mid-latitudes some magnetospheric currents. the electrical conductivity of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres is greatly enhanced by the bombardment of particles associated with the storm process. Thus. storm-time.114 Chapter 4 Umbrellafor Magnetic Storms lar regions the effects of magnetospheric boundary currents and field-aligned currents are most important. the storm-time currents are then concentrated east-west by the narrow band of high conductivity that follows the day-side equatorial dip-latitude position (see Figure 4. and auroral electrojet currents (Figure 4. magnetometers register a large. the field-aligned currents (on the same Earth side as the observatory) and auroral ionospheric currents dominate. the night-side fields are dominated by the magnetospheric tail current behavior and the day-side fields are dominated by ionospheric currents. The strong nightside. others return to the magnetosphere as field-aligned currents. At low and equatorial latitudes. and high-latitude ionospheric currents all contribute to the magnetic recordings. some of the night-hour auroral zone storm-time ionospheric currents become gradually redirected toward the more conducting day side of the Earth while spreading toward the lower latitudes. . As a result. eastward electrojet current at the day-side dip equator. Extending to the equator.12) flowing there change the horizontal field (often by 100 to 1000 gammas or more) at the nearby ground locations. Dst Index Many of the currents flowing in the auroral electrojet close in a loop through the conducting lower-latitude region of the ionosphere. Therefore. at the low and equatorial latitudes. All magnetic fields decrease in intensity with increasing distance from the source current to the measurement position.
The expected quiet-day values of Sq have first been removed so that the zero index levels occur at quiet times. AL) values determined from an overplot of the horizontal field (change from its quiet-time level) for hourly values measured at a group of auroral zone magnetic observatories. NGDC/NOAA. AU) and the lowest (lower envelope. Cross-tail magnetospheric currents dominate the night-side measurements. magnetospheric currents. such stations are not uniformly . 1974. Kp. Illustration from World Data Center A. A global collection of four to six magnetic records from low-latitude stations are averaged to form an hourly Disturbance StormTime Index. the fact that there were nine contributing observatories is indicated in a bracket. for 4 and 5 July. the planetary form of the index. (Figure 4.17 I~ The AE (auroral electrojet) index is the measure (in gammas) of the range of field between the highest (upper envelope. Kp Index A third magnetic index. The 3-hr range scaling discriminates against gradual field changes that are longer than 3 hours. The small short-period variations contribute little. Dst (Figure 4. An average of the K indices at selected global stations is Kp. Unfortunately.19) has been in use since the early part of the twentieth century. K values at an observatory are obtained from average 3-hr ranges (highest minus lowest values) of the northward field components after an estimate of the quiet-time variation is removed.Section 4. In this example. of the type illustrated by the recovery phase of the Dst index. called the Planetary Magnetic Disturbance Index.1 Disturbances in Sight 115 FIGURE 4.18).
The daily average of the eight ap values becomes Ap. +. More are in the Northern Hemisphere. distributed around the Earth. The K numbers are selected so that approximately a 10times field (in gammas) increase occurs for each whole K number increase (called a pseudologarithmic change. and many index stations are located at high latitudes just south of the northern auroral zone. Ap Index A special scale is used to convert the Kp back to an equivalent gamma level (ap for planetary activity) that would be a typical field size in the middle latitudes.116 50~ Chapter 4 Umbrella for Magnetic Storms ~" E E m ol -50 -100 m E -150 <r -2001 -250 00 19 DEC 1980 06 12 V 18 00 20 DEC 1980 06 12 18 24 Time (UT hours) FIGURE 4. The K index has values from 0 to 9 (with subscripts of 0.to indicate intermediate units in thirds) that are assigned from tables that convert gammas to Kp. The index is formed as a latitude-adjusted average of the four low-latitude station records illustrated in Figure 4. and . in a long-term average. the letter "K" refers to a German word for a logarithmic index).19). the most Kp values occur near a value of 20. there is a concentration in Europe. Statistically. Major storms produce indices of 8_ and above.18 I~ Dst Index values for two days of a magnetic storm period. fixed so that. Values of 5_ and above are usually magnetic storms.9. the number of occasions that each index value appears is the same for each location. the equivalent daily amplitude index (Figure 4. Each contributing station has a different K table. Because a large number of the index .
and monthly mean Ap for November 1998.----.1 O+ 2+ 1+ 2 2 2+ 1+ 2 1 3+ 2-2+ 1 1 2..=--.6 5+ 4 ...4 3 2+ 3+ 1+ 2 .O+ 1. Coffee at NGDC/NOAA.--.42 3+ 2 2+3-1-11.__--_.-----------------------. Table provided by H.--.Section 4.3 2 3+ 4.1 Disturbances in Sight NOVEPBER 1996 auaulnm..2+ 2+ 3 2 3 2+ 2 3 3 2+ 3 2+ 2+ 0+4 ____.au|mnnonnnmannnmnnmannnnu|mnnnunllllnnn||m||||||| 117 Day 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 ? 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Mean Kp Three-Hourly Indices 2 3 4 5 6 7 0+ 0 11+ 1+ 4+ 3 7+ 71+ O+ 1+ 64+ 1 22 2+ 22+ 1+ 2+ 22 2+ 3 2 11+ 41O+ 2223 4 56+ 21+ O+ 5 62+ 212 2 31+ 1+ 2 32 3 2 0+ 23 0 1. There is a favorable alignment between the arriving solar wind disturbance and the Earth's magnetosphere at the March and September equinoctial periods.2+ 0 0 1.64.2 2+ 1 2 .3+ 4+ 8 11 2+ 1 2+ 43+ 3+ 50 2262+ 3 3O+ 21 3+ 1+ O+ 3+ 33 1+ 1+ 4+ /~o 4 4 6 6 8 20 26 66 75 6 3 4 64 41 10 ? 6 7 7 10 6 6 11 16 13 10 9 6 8 19 16 o--__.20).3+ 5 5 4 4 3+ 36 5+ 71.------------------___----. lalallalal..----.1 3 3.2 2 2 2+ 2+ 3.2 1.. At such times.1 2+ 2+ 3 2+ 2 2+ 3.------.--0.2 1 O+ 2+ 1.16 65+ 6 2. A study of .1+ 3. An l 1-year solar activity related maximum (coming 1 or 2 years after the sunspot number maximum) is clearly evident in the monthly mean Ap values (Figure 4.12 13 .. large magnetic storms are more likely to occur.lalalslmalnlualalalallalalBB~=~lsmsnBssmms~ FIGURE 4.__--m------o~--~--~ 2 .1.36 85.3+ 3. stations are at high-latitude locations. the ap and Ap values are well correlated with the AE index already described.1+ 1.4. daily Ap.1+ 2+ 1+ 1+ 23.19 I~ Tableof planetary magnetic activity values of 3-hr K. Average daily and monthly values of Ap are used for long-term comparisons to other solar-terrestrial processes.2+ 3+ 4 4 2..2+ 2 1+0+4-2 2.O+ 1 1-O+ 1 4+ 6..
16). Scientists are still studying the initiation and resonance processes that produce all these pulsation phenomena (see Section 5. 4.21). Some field pulsations are associated with the motion of the conducting ionosphere (Figure 4. travel rapidly around the Earth in a duct of the high ionosphere.118 Chapter 4 Umbrella for Magnetic Storms FIGURE 4.20 I~ Comparison of sunspot number and number of days in each year that the Ap index exceeded 40 for the period of 1930 to 1997. 60 years of magnetic storms clearly illustrates this seasonal preference (Figure 4. small (0. Erwin of NGDC/NOAA. Other pulsations.6.6 Pulsations During periods of disturbances. the pulsations are seen as either a jagged irregular trace (called P i) or a smooth continuous.1. Figure from E. upon arriving at high latitudes.22). quite oscillatory form (called Pc). . Some pulsations arise in the magnetosphere as a result of the arrival of the solar-terrestrial storm particles and fields. On the charts.001 gamma in size) pulsations of the field often occur. p.2.1 to 0. Other pulsations are associated with the bundling of the electrons that make up the field-aligned currents (described previously) and cause pulsating auroras (Figure 4. 131) with the hope that someday the recordings can monitor the continuing physical change of magnetospheric regions far from a recording station at the Earth's surface.
1 Disturbances in Sight 119 FIGURE 4.22 II~ Geomagnetic field pulsations (peak values of about 0.2 gamma) and the photometer response to auroral light intensity (nitrogen emissions) recorded at Byrd Station.21 1~ A seasonal preference of major magnetic storms is shown as the percent of 1129 events between 1932 and 1991 for the Ap index values greater than 40. 1966. on 23 August. Antarctica. H. Allen and D. FIGURE 4. C. . Figure from J. Wilkinson of NGDC/NOAA.Section 4.
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Germany.1). investigated the global distribution of field disturbances. I have provided a reading list for those who want to further enrich their knowledge of Earth magnetism. Can you show us some examples of what scientists are presently studying ? Then someone might ask. of Goettingen. The first question I expect is. it was not until about 1836 that Carl Friedreich Gauss (Figure 1. He organized the cooperative effort of several European magnetic observatories to try to understand why small variations in the northward magnetic direction often occurred. It is time now for tourists' questions. In those times. Because we cannot discuss geomagnetism face to face. 15-1 I Field Traces 5.1. each scientist used a magnifying lens to observe and record the angular change in the end of the northward-directed compass needle at his national observatory.Chapter 5 Harvesting the Fields With Chapter 4 we have ended our formal tour of the fields. The 121 . At prearranged times. the research magnetometer was simply a compass with a long 1.8).to 2-foot magnetized needle that moved over fine angle marks to indicate the pointing direction (Figure 5. Where are field records archived? Is there a scale for space weather activity ? How can we access geomagnetic information ? and What are the important magnetic field websites ? Finally. I must guess what you might ask and try to answer as coherently as possible in this final chapter. How and where are geomagnetic fields measured? The next question might be.1 Early Record Keeping Although compasses had been the tool of navigation for centuries.
1. when photography came into general use.1 1~ Until the mid-nineteenth century. 5. With the improved instrument in a darkened room. the measurement of geomagnetic field changes depended on the visual observation of a compass needle direction. These magnetometers were given the more specific . eastward. Gauss attached a mirror to the magnetic pointer needle axis.2 Modern Field Recording To simplify the field detection system. which rotated once a day. A ray of light directed toward the mirror cast a spot onto a far wall to allow an easier deflection measurement. the light spot deflected by the mirror was directed to photographic paper attached to a drum. By applying special torsional biases and separate axis suspensions. capturing a continuous record of the daily change in field (Figure 5. the instruments could measure field changes separately in the magnetic northward.2). It wasn't until the development of photography in the early nineteenth century that the Gauss magnetometer became a modern self-recording device. collaboration by Gauss and his colleagues verified that most of the observed magnetic field variations were simultaneous at all locations and therefore such fields were of natural origin and not just a local anomaly. and vertical directions.122 Chapter 5 Harvesting the Fields FIGURE 5.
.2 7 3 ~ C or . developed by the mid-nineteenth century. after being moved. Today. Cryogenic magnetometers (Figure 5. The strength of the main field causing this oscillation varies inversely with the square of the oscillation period. A second light beam is reflected from a stationary mirror to inscribe a simultaneous baseline on the photopaper. Fluxgate magnetometers use the distortion properties of saturated fields in special magnetic material. many other systems are used to record the field. Proton magnetometers use the aligned precession of the spinning hydrogen atom nucleus to find the total main field strength.4 6 0 ~ F). shines on a slowly turning drum covered by photographic paper. oscillates before coming to rest northward. could be obtained from a knowledge of the oscillation period resulting from the restoring force on the needle after it is manually pushed away from its rest position. The exact strength of the Earth's main field. Scientists can determine the Earth's field strength by comparing the period of oscillation of a compass needle in the Earth's field with the oscillation measured at a fixed distance from a calibrated magnet.3) use the unusual quantum-wave conditions occurring in materials near absolute zero temperatures ( . whose force tugs the compass magnetic needle northward.2 I~ The simple variometer. Rubidium optically pumped magnetometers use special unique atomic energy-level light stimulation and emission properties. Records of compass needle oscillations were used by Baron Alexander von Humbolt to determine the Earth's field strength in his 17991803 surveys of the American continents. The light beam.1 Field Traces 193 FIGURE 5. He made the significant discovery that the main field magnetic intensity decreased toward the equator. consists of a light beam focused on a mirror attached to the suspension of a bar magnet. not the full main field strength. Notice how your home compass needle. name variometers to indicate that only the variations in field were recorded.Section 5. moving with the magnet.
RF Shield Can --Capacitor Contact Screw . The niobium metal sensor.. Zimmerman of NIST.. which is only approximately 1. is immersed in liquid helium for cryogenic cooling.124 Chapter 5 Harvesting the Fields RESET Location Amplifier Recorder Output Synchronous Demodulator Field Moculation Oscillator AM Detector Output AM Detector RF Amplifier RF Bias Adjustment RF Oscillator Spun-Glass Epoxy Vacuum Walls Vapor-Cooled Radiation Shields . but complex SQUID (super-conducting quantum interference device) magnetometer.Coaxial Line -.3 I~ Modern..Fractional-Turn SQUID FIGURE 5.5 cm (0. which uses some unique properties of quantum physics to detect minute magnetic fields as small as 0..Coil -..00001 gamma. Figure from J. :':L! Llil I Liquid Helium ..6 inches) in diameter. ..
and thread the sewing thread through the straw and tie it to make a small triangular loop. put a dot near its center.gov/poetry/workbook/page9. 1 This soda-bottle magnetometer (Figure 5. making sure that the index card swings freely and that the magnet remains parallel to the floor and the tabletop. Turn on thehighintensity lamp and. Glue the mirrored sequin to the front of the index card and. a simple magnetometer (copying the Gauss variometer plan) for measuring the changes in the Earth's field. with a marking pen. gsfc. Glue the magnet to the top edge of the card. Add the sand to the bottom half of the soda bottle. Then cut the index card so that when it is suspended inside the bottle it does not touch the sides.1 Field Traces 125 5. You will need: REQUIRED MATERIAL: One 2-liter clear soda bottle with cap 2 pounds sand 2 feet sewing thread One 3 x 5-inch index card One 1-inch piece of soda straw One small bar magnet (1 inch • 1 inch x 88 inch) One high-intensity lamp One mirrored dress sequin One marking pen 2-inch wide clear packing tape One ruler with a meter scale Super glue Build the magnetometer by cutting the bottle in half about midway from its base.Section 5.3 Do-It-Yourself Systems =.1.4) is sensitive enough to detect solar-terrestrial magnetic storms. Soda-Bottle Magnetometer NASA scientists have designed. Glue the piece of soda straw to the top of the magnet. for school demonstrations. Rejoin the top part of the bottle with its bottom. Feed the remaining suspension thread through the inside of the bottle cap. The spot that you made in the center of the mirrored sequin should be visible so that it can be used to accurately mark the pointing direction of the magnet from day to day. . With the 2-inch-wide tape. making sure that the length of the suspension thread is adjusted so that the bar magnet and mirrored sequin spot hang below the tape seam. point its light toward the mirrored sequin at an angle to the mirror spot so that the light from this spot is reflected onto a wall located about 2 meters (about 6 feet) from the bar magnet. Tie a 1-foot piece of sewing thread to the loop of thread that goes through the soda straw.html. Some 1See the website http://image. Place the soda-bottle magnetometer on a level surface. Thread the other end of this suspension thread through the inside of the top part of the severed soda bottle and through the threaded part of the bottle where the bottle cap screws on. carefully tape the top and bottom of the bottle together.nasa.
and reflected spot are in accessible positions on a table. magnetometer. near a wall.4 I~ This soda-bottle magnetometer was designed by GSFC/NASA. During geomagnetic storms. deflections of several degrees. or other fiat surface.25 ~ change in the direction toward magnetic north. can . lasting many hours or even days. If the distance between the mirror and the spot on the wall is exactly 2 meters (6 feet 7 inches).126 Chapter 5 Harvesting the Fields FIGURE 5. a 1-cm (7/16 inch) shift in the spot location equals about a . effort may be required to find a location that is undisturbed and where this setup can be arranged so that the lamp.
About 2 square feet (0.3 meters) deep into the ground and covered with mud (to insure full contact to the ground probe). . can sense the natural field pulsations as voltages of about 0. A steady but adjustable Far Groun d Probe Variable Resistor . however. two probes.1 Field Traces 127 be seen with this device. The equivalent electric fields induced in the ground are called Earth Currents. . For those readers who are adept at electronics. Stout plastic-coated copper wire is soldered to the probes and connected to a recorder. Geomagnetic storms always include a great portion of rapid magnetic field variations that are seen at all latitude locations. Note that if any of the parts are moved. In typical soil. Doubling the probe separation will double the sensitivity. the measurements will be affected. separated by about 200 feet (61 meters) or more. a simple detector of the storm-time Earth-current electric field pulsations can be constructed (Figure 5. . Moving metal or magnetized material near the magnetometer will deflect the spot.5) for measurements in an area that is far from city electrical noises.Section 5. Earth-Current Pulsation Sensor It is in the nature of electromagnetic (em) fields that for every changing magnetic field there is a corresponding changing electric field. . The probes are buried approximately 1-foot (0.1 millivolt. That is about equivalent to a 30-second magnetic field pulsation reaching approximately 0.19 square meters) of thin lead sheeting (used in roofing) is sufficient for a ground probe. . the spot will remain in the same location.05 gamma (for most locations). Most of the time. . Reversing _~ _ _ Switch Battery Variable Resistor Ground Probe Near Resistor Recording Meter To F I G U R E 5.5 I~ The design for an Earth-current system used to measure the electric field counterpart of storm-time geomagnetic field pulsations.
3 Magnetotellurics Surveys are made of the magnetic and electric pulsation fields whose penetration into the conducting Earth depends on the frequency of the source fields and the conducting properties of the interior region.128 Chapter 5 Harvesting the Fields bucking voltage from a battery is needed in the circuit to offset any steady voltage difference that may arise between the probes.2.3. 1. p. 80). Let us now examine a few examples of recent work. 5.21 Scientists at Work Geomagnetism research continues to grow with the need for information about the composition of our Earth and a need for satellite operation in the upper atmosphere and space about the Earth. one researcher compared the field patterns for two dipole fields: the dipole centered with the Earth but tilted as with the geomagnetic coordinate poles (Section 3. Using special mathematical modeling of the measure- .20) has led scientists to consider various ways to depict the Earth's field in that special region.2. 78) and the eccentric axis dipole (Section 3. using information on the Earth's structure and the physics of electromagnetism. The models are then matched to the well-known large Earth features such as subduction zones and mid-ocean ridges.21.2 Fluid Velocity at Core-Mantle Boundary It has been established that the Earth's main field arises from currents within the Earth's interior. The purpose was to see which display best illustrated the main field patterns in the anomaly region. Geophysicists use these surveys to delineate the resistivity of the Earth's crust to depths of about 100 km (63 miles). it is obvious that the field from the eccentric axis poles depicts the anomaly region best.4.5.6 with Figure 2. Using the 1995 IGRF field model data. and recorders can be purchased at most electronics stores. p.1 Dipole Field Patterns Concern about the damage to satellites that travel in the region of the South Atlantic-South American anomaly (Figure 2. 5. a small battery. switch.2.2.7. Comparing the results in Figure 5. amplifiers. One such model is depicted in Figure 5.2. This fact encourages scientists to try to model these motions from the observed surface fields. 5. The necessary variable resistors.
8 illustrates the results of one recent survey that was made for the purpose of understanding the source of local earthquakes. the scientists can produce a two-dimensional (2D) profile of the substructure. Both were computed from the 1995 IGRF model. Figure from J. The total field contours are in gammas (nanoteslas).a -120 -60 0 60 120 180 Longitude = m _I 0 -30 -60 -90 . 60 30 "0 Scientists at Work 129 = 0 --I -30 -60 -90 50000 -180 90 60 30 I0 . R. The bottom figure shows the surface field obtained from the eccentric axis dipole. Heirtzler of GSFS/NASA. tilted dipole.Section 5. Note the better representation of the South Atlantic-South American anomaly by the eccentric dipole.l. ments taken along a fixed line on the surface.6 I~ Top figure shows the surface field obtained from an Earth-centered. .2 90 --."56000 I = = I = = I = = I = = ! = = ! = t i' -180 -120 -60 0 60 120 180 Longitude FIGURE 5. Figure 5.
Using a chain of observatories. the differences between the Australian recorded fields and the index were .5. Using records from a 1990 longitude line of stations through central Australia (from Darwin to Port Augusta) together with the permanent observatories near the four corners of that country. Quinn of USGS.20) of the vertical field component at the polar regions.4.4 Polar Sector Currents The reaction of our magnetosphere to the arrival of solar wind depends on the wind's particle composition and speed. 94) with the downstream magnetospheric tail boundary causes a change in the 24-hr component phase (Figure 3. Figure from J. as well as the direction of its accompanying magnetic fields.5 Dst Storm Index Scientists are concerned with the local accuracy of the representation of geomagnetic storms by the Dst index. 5. p. Continental outlines indicate the compared Earth crust locations. An interaction of a solar wind field toward (T) and away (A) from the Sun (see Section 3.7 I~ This Earth-interior horizontal fluid velocity at the core-mantle boundary (CMB) was computed for the year 2000 from the nondipole components of the most recent IGRE Shading (scale to the right in 10-3 cm/sec) represents the motion speed and the direction is given by the arrows.9) in the polar regions at low activity times.2. it was possible to establish the equivalent polar ionospheric current system behavior (Figure 5.2. 5. The researchers have found that the appearance time of the major polar current vortex shifts regularly with the toward and away sectors.130 Chapter5 Harvestingthe Fields FIGURE 5.
Figure from Dal Stanley of USGS.Section 5. The main focus of this MT profile was the study of the thick mafic rocks. Both the Pi and Pc geomagnetic pulsations (Section 4.8 I~ This cross section is a two-dimensional model of transverse magnetic mode magnetotelluric (MT) data from a profile across the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington state. they were not due to local anomalies. 5.10). The storm fields throughout that country were quite similar in appearance. thus. Intermediate values of resistivity may be related to some of the mafic rocks and to interfingered mafic rocks and sedimentary rocks.6. determined (Figure 5. which occur here and which have been found in other MT studies to have resistivities of 150-2000 ohm-meters.1. p. the vertical axis represents frequency in cycles per sec- . In this figure. More conductive rocks of less than 100 ohm-meters in the cross section are related to Tertiary and Quaternary sedimentary rocks.2 Scientists at Work 131 FIGURE 5.11 shows the simultaneous appearance of a spectral analysis of pulsations that arrive at conjugate (opposite ends of an Earth field line) high-latitude stations.6 Pulsations The curious and beautiful (to scientists) resonances that appear as pulsations in the field are continually studied to establish what exact particle and field conditions in space are responsible for their generation. 119) occur at magnetospherically disturbed times. it is typical to carry out a spectral analysis. MT soundings were obtained at the numbered locations. There were often large local storm field differences from the index. The release of tectonic stresses within the mafic rocks gives rise to numerous small earthquakes (shown by black dots) that are concentrated in the mafic rocks at depths of 10-20 km.2. When rapid variations of the geomagnetic field are studied. That means the data are investigated for the intensity of field at different periods (or frequencies) of the oscillations. let us look at one way these fields are analyzed and how similar they appear at conjugate locations. The west end of the profile is near the coastline and the east end terminates on the west side of Puget Sound at Bremerton. Figure 5.
There is a shift in position of this polar current system vortex depending on whether the field attending the wind of plasma from the Sun is directed toward (T) or away (A) from the Sun as it arrives at the magnetosphere.132 Chapter 5 Harvesting the Fields TOWARD 12 14 ~ AWAY ~ 12 10 '.9 9 The view looking down on the Northern Hemisphere geomagnetic pole shows the quiet-time field variations (in local time) as if they came from ionospheric currents. and solar-terrestrial disturbance investigation. Special calibration techniques verify the record accuracy before distribution. duplicate records are archived at six World Data Centers. Note the difference in position of the vortex center of approximately 2. globally distributed collection points. Approximately 70 world observatories cooperate in an advanced observatory system called INTERMAGNET. ond. By international agreement.3[ Track and Field Records Most middle-size and large countries of the world operate permanent observatories where measurements of magnetic field changes are preserved in digital (electronic number storage) or analog (amplitude-time recording) form. and darkening represents the amplitude (natural signal strength) of the pulsations at each frequency. the horizontal axis represents the time in hours. chart preparation.\ 45_" 6 18 6 22 0 2 FIGURE 5. Today. so that scientists and students can use the global magnetic information for field modeling.12). 15. which uses satellites for relaying 1-minute digitized magnetic field values in "real-time" (delayed by less than I hr) to several special. These polar fields are responding to the interaction of the solar wind with the tail region of the magnetosphere. there are about 100 major magnetic observatories worldwide that share information (Figure 5.5 hours in local time for the two conditions. ..
. Data Analysis Center for Geomagnetism and Space Magnetism Graduate School of Science. . 0 10 20 ! . .. . . 133 ~ | = ~ OAR GNA DYW CTA TCK LRM MTD CNB 2 50 50 -50 E E t~ O ~ -100 (/) ~ l::l . | . Colorado 80305-3328. Academy of Sciences of Russia. .12 and in providing convenient methods for user access to the archives" 9 In the United States. . 325 Broadway. 30 40 50 Hours from start of storm day . . field differences were determined. RUSSIA. tel: 81-75-753-3929. . . mailstop EGC2. Kyoto 606-8502. fax: 1-303-497-6513. . tel" 7-095-930-1762 or -5619. Moscow 117 296. e-mail: info@ngdc.. . .noaa. tel: 1303-297-6761.10 I~ For a geomagnetic storm recorded at nine magnetic field observatories. . . JAPAN. These differences represent the H field components (from which the Sq quiet fields were removed) minus the Dst index values (adjusted for the observatory latitude with the division by the cosine of that latitude). consisting of five along a longitude line through central Australia from Darwin to Port Augusta and four standard observatories near the corners of the country (see station code letters at the upper right of the figure). . 60 | . . USA. NGDC/NOAA. .3 150 "~" ~ E = E 100 ~= Track and Field Records 9. . . . . . . Three World Data Centers are particularly active in collecting geomagnetic data from the observatories in Figure 5. . Boulder.. . . Kyoto University. . i . fax" 81-75-7227884. . Note the similarity of the overlaid station values and their significant amplitudes with respect to the Dst (plotted below the group). . . 7O -150 80 FIGURE 5. .gov 9 In Russia: World Data Center B. . . . fax: 7-095-930-5509 9 In Japan: World Data Center C2.World Data Center A. . . . . . Molodezhnaya 3.Section 5.. . . i . . . . .
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FIGURE 5.11 I~ The field pulsation similarity at the conjugate high-latitude observatories of Baie St. Paul, Quebec, Canada, and Eights Station, Antarctica. Spectral displays for Pc pulsations (dark regions of limited frequency content) are illustrated. Local background noise appears as full vertical grey lines. Calibration harmonics near 1130 at Quebec appear on the record. The frequency scale is given to the left in cycles per second (Hz). The horizontal axis shows midnight to midday hours (0 to 13) at 75~ West Meridian Time.
15.41 Space Weather Disturbance Scales
In an effort to tie the geophysical measurements of the solar-terrestrial environment to the possible disturbance levels that could impact the livelihood of people on Earth, the NOAA Space Environment Center has recently devised three tables of five severity categories. These tables separate geomagnetic field effects, energetic particle damage, and ionospheric radiowave disturbances into three independent groups dividing the minor to extreme activity into five categories. These scales (Tables 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3) are used in providing the public forecasting and warning notices of global interest.
15.51 Information Kiosk
For those who would like to explore recent geomagnetic records and indices, there are several websites on the Internet that you can browse:
FIGURE 5.12 I~ Majorgeomagnetic observatories are distributed throughout the world. Each has a three-letter code name for identification. Most observatories share their magnetic records by contributing copies to the World Data Centers located in those nations willing to fund their operations. Figure provided by the Geomagnetism Section, USGS.
9 Geomagnetism and Space Magnetism Kyoto University, Japan: http:// swdcd b. kugi. kyoto-u, ac.jp 9 Geomagnetism Group British Geological Survey, UK: http://ub.nmh. ac.uk 9 Geomagnetism Section U.S. Geological Survey, USA: http://geomag. usgs.gov 9 Geophysical Institute University of Alaska, USA: http://maxwell.gi. alaska.edu 9 National Geophysical Data Center NOAA, USA: http://www.ngdc. noaa.gov--select Solid Earth Geophys/magnetics Several geostationary satellites, at a distance of about 6 Re over fixed locations of the Earth, and a special solar observer satellite (about 235 Re away in the Earth-Sun line, where various gravitational and centrifugal forces on
TABLE 5.1 I~ NOAA Space Weather Scale: Geomagnetic Storms
Category Scale Descriptor G5 Extreme Effect a Physical measure b Average frequency (1 cycle = 11 years) c 4 per cycle (4 days per cycle)
Power systems: grid systems can collapse and transformers experience damage. Spacecraft operations extensive surface charging, problems with orientation, uplink/downlink and
tracking satellites. Other systems: pipeline currents reach hundreds of amps, HF (high frequency) radio propagation impossible in many areas for one to two days, satellite navigation degraded for days, low-frequency radio navigation out for hours, and the aurora seen as low as the equator Severe Power systems: possible voltage stability problems, portions of grids collapse and protective devices trip. Spacecraft operations: experience surface charging and tracking problems, orientation problems need corrections. Other systems: induced pipeline currents affect preventive measures, HF radio propagation sporadic, satellite navigation degraded for hours, low-frequency radio navigation disrupted, and the aurora seen as low as the tropics. Strong Power systems: voltage corrections required, false alarms triggered on protection devices, and high "gas-in-oil" transformer readings likely. Spacecraft operations: surface charging on satellite components, increased drag on satellite, and orientation problems need corrections. Other systems: intermittent satellite navigation and low-frequency radio navigation problems, HF radio intermittent, and the aurora seen as low as mid-latitudes. Moderate Power systems: high-latitude power systems affected. Spacecraft operations: corrective actions required by ground control; changes in drag affect orbit predictions Other systems: HF radio propagation fades at higher latitudes, and the auroraseen as low as 50 degrees. Minor Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations. Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations Other systems: the aurora seen at high latitudes (60 degrees); migratory animals begin to be affected.
100 per cycle (60 days per cycle)
200 per cycle (130 days per cycle)
600 per cycle (360 days per cycle)
1700 per cycle (900 days per cycle)
a Some or all of these effects are possible. bgp values (may change to use other measures, such as DST, as basis) determined every 3 hours. CNumber of storm events when Kp level was met (number of storm days).
and solar panels degraded. passengers and crew in commerical jets at high latitudes receive low-level radiation (approximately 1 chest x-ray). _.TABLE 5. Other systems: degraded HF radio propagation through the polar cap and navigation position errors. and position errors make navigation operations extremely difficult.4 ..l s t e r . 103 10 per cycle $2 Moderate 102 25 per cycle $1 Minor 10 50 per cycle a Some or all of these effects are possible. high radiation levels to passengers and crew in commercial jets at high latitudes (approximately 100 chest x-rays). 10 5 Fewer than i per cycle 8' 3 m m. bFlux level of > 10 MeV particles (ions). these events can last more than one day). Satellite operations: none. Biological: unavoidable radiation hazard to astronauts on EVA. noise on imaging systems.2 I~ NOAA Space Weather Scale: Solar Radiation Storms Category Scale Descriptor $5 Extreme Effect a Physical measure b Average frequency (1 cycle = 11 years) c Biological: unavoidable high radiation hazard to astronauts on EVA (extra-vehicular activity). Satellite operations: likely single-event upsets. elevated radiation exposure to passengers and crew in commercial jets at high latitudes (approximately 10 chest x-rays). Biological: none. o . Satellite operations loss of some satellites.l c m -2. Flux in particles: s . noise in imaging systems. serious noise in image data. Other systems: blackout of HF radio communications through the polar cap and increased navigation errors over several days. Flux levels are 5 min averages. permanent damage to solar panels. star-trackers cause orientation problems. and decrease of solar panel currents. star-trackers unable to locate sources. Other systems: small effects on HF propagation through the polar cap and navigation at the polar cap impacted. Other systems: No HF (high frequency) communications possible in the polar regions. permanent damage to exposed components/detectors. Satellite operations: memory device problems.. CNumber of events when flux level was met (number of storm days. Other systems: minor impacts on HF radio in the polar regions. Biological: none.~ o w $4 Severe 104 3 per cycle $3 Strong Biological: radiation hazard avoidance recommended for astronauts on EVA.t ". memory impacts cause loss of control. Satellite operations: infrequent single-event upsets.
3 ) 8 per cycle (8 days per cycle) R3 Strong X1 ( 10 . Navigation: Low-frequency navigation signals degraded for brief intervals affecting maritime and general aviation positioning.3 ) Less than 1 per cycle R4 Severe X10 ( 10 . which may spread into the night side.1--0.3 I~ NOAA Space Weather Scale: Radio Blackouts Category Scale Descriptor R5 Extreme Effecta Physical measure b Average frequency (1 cycle = 11 years) c _. a Some or all of these effects are possible. Navigation: Low-frequency navigation signals degraded for about an hour.. HF radio contact lost during this time for mariners and en route aviators Navigation: Outages of low-frequency navigation signals cause increased error in positioning for mariners and general aviators for one to two hours. HF Radio: Weak or minor degradation of HF radio communication signals on sunlit side. No HF radio contact with mariners or en route aviators. X20 (2 x 10 . occasional loss of radio contact for mariners and en route aviators... Navigation: Degradation of low-frequency navigation signals for tens of minutes affecting maritime and general aviation positioning. HF Radio: HF radio communication blackout for one to two hours on most ofthe sunlit side of Earth. affecting maritime and general aviation positioning. loss of radio contact for tens of minutes for mariners and en route aviators.TABLE 5. CNumber of events when flux level was met (number of storm days). HF Radio: Wide area blackout of HF radio communication signals. bGOES X-ray peak brightness by class and by flux (flux. ~r -rl r o. Minor disruptions of satellite navigation possible on the sunlit side of Earth. loss of radio contact for mariners and en route aviators for about an hour on sunlit side of Earth. measured in the 0. causing loss in positioning.t HF Radio: Complete HF (high frequency) radio blackout on the entire sunlit side of the Earth lasting for a number of hours. HF Radio: Limited blackout of HF radio communication signals on sunlit side. -r M1 R1 Minor (10 -5 ) 2000 per cycle (950 days per cycle) < tD ta m.4 ) 175 per cycle (140 days per cycle) O R2 Moderate M5 (5 • lO -5) 350 per cycle (300 days per cycle) "(3 t'D O'1 .8 nm range. Increased satellite navigation errors in positioning for several hours on the sunlit side of Earth. . in Wm-2). Navigation: Low-frequency navigation signals used by maritime and general aviation systems experience outages on the sunlit side of the Earth for many hours.-i.
.sec.nascom.edu 9 GoddardSpaceFright Center.noaa. U. Gilbert. with copies of all the original Gilbert diagrams. alaska. also http://www-spof. USA: http://www. Box 25286 Federal Center. gi.HTML. 1958.E Mattelay. USA: http://uvisun.html 9 Solar-Terrestrial Physics Division NGDC/NOAA. 1600. g ov/$tp/stp.nasa. USA: http://sohowww. University of Alaska. . Colorado 80225. also http://www. 9 W.services @usgs. e-mail: info.eOu/--~pfrr/AURORA/INDEX. ngdc.ips.61 D i r e c t i o n s for F u r t h e r T r a v e l For readers who desire a more detailed presentation of the field of geomagnetism and related phenomena I have listed below (with comments) several recommended books. Dover should be complimented for reproducing this historical gem as a paperback. and radiation information to monitor the space environment. New York.gov. magnetic field. NASA. Geological Survey.gov/poetry. all 9 Marshall Space Flight Center. Sydney. NOAA. Information about the recent (and past) disturbances in the space environment between the Sun and the Earth can be explored atthe following websites: 9 Geophysical Institute. in the order of their original publication date.alaska.Section 5.S. also http://www.pfrr.gsfc. USA. English translation in 1893 by P.com. are used by Space Environment Forecast Centers around the world to warn nations of the solarterrestrial storms that impact modern life. together with measurements from solar and magnetic observatories. Mailstop 306. De Magnete. 368 pp.nasa.doc3. Australia: http://www.gsfc.spaceweather. nasa. republication by Dover Publications.gov Crustal magnetic anomaly maps and global charts of the latest field models can be obtained from: 9 Map and Book Sales. NASA. gov/UVI/current_image. USA: http://www. noaa. USA: http://www.6 Directionsfor Further Travel 139 the satellite are appropriately balanced) collect particle.gov/Education/Intro. nasa.gov/gallery/LASCO. Such data. fax: 1-303-202-4693. Denver.gov 15.html 9 IPS Radio and Space Services.msfc. also http://image. html 9 Space Environment Center.
the Natural Magic of Magnets. 2 vols. 9 W. eds. and thorough description of analytical methods. Chapman and J. 1967. 433 pp.. to properly understand geomagnetism a student needs to appreciate the physics of our Earth environment (presented so well in this book). 1987. Scottish Academic Press Ltd. The fundamentals of magnetism are beautifully explained by the best authorities of the time... 2 vols. Geomagnetism. 4 vols. ed. Milton Keynes Pub. This classic. Oxford.. Bartels. Eather.D. Oxford University Press. 9 R. Harvard University Press. An up-to-date. Massachusetts. A delightful book that attracts both the nonscientist and the specialist readers with its broad historical coverage. detailed references. Edinburgh. 1940. New York. graduate-student-level textbook of geomagnetism. 1987-1991. 2545 pp. 1050 pp..H. beautifully written.. 9 J.. and history of magnets.. Matsushita and W. Campbell. Parkinson. Driving Force. and the Arts.. 323 pp. 311 pp. Numerous specialists contributed to this excellent coverage of the subject at the beginning of the space age. Majestic Lights.D.D. Brisbane Brookfield Press.A. Livingston. It was last republished in 1951.A. compact yet complete. auroral descriptions. 1996.. Cambridge. Although the space magnetism presentation is inadequate.H. Academic Press. 9 J. 1992. 9 J.. 1980. Introduction to Geomagnetism. 1398 pp. New York. 9 S. the Aurora in Science. Open University Press. Jacobs.C. 9 W. Academic Press. Piper.. 513 pp. 434 pp. Brisbane.140 Chapter 5 Harvesting the Fields 9 S. Although our subject is only a small part of this book. Washington D. The best (but most expensive) comprehensive textbook on all aspects of geomagnetism with all subtopics contributed by reliable research specialists.. Stacy. . thorough review of the technology. American Geophysical Union..D. 1983. Paleomagnetism and the Continental Crust. first modern textbook about the Earth's fields is still valuable for its historical information. A fine. Physics of Geomagnetic Phenomena. Physics of the Earth. application. the author provides an excellent exposition of the basic mathematics necessary for all geomagnetic field studies. Don't let the older date discourage your selection of this wonderfully written book on paleomagnetism... and beautiful illustrations. Geomagnetism. History.
T. the Core. this detailed book covers the sources and applications of the Earth's internal field. with many illustrations.. Introduction to Geomagnetic Fields. The Magnetic Field of the Earth: Paleomagnetism. Academic Press. M. Campbell. Cambridge University Press.6 Directions for Further Travel 141 9 R. My own compact but comprehensive textbook. 1996..H. and EL. 9 W. Cambridge. McFadden. 1997. for students and researchers who are entering the study of geomagnetic fields and have some capability with mathematical equations. 304 pp. San Diego. Merill. McElhinny. Written by well-respected researchers. and the Deep Mantle.Section 5.W. . 531 pp.
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35. R. 105 high-latitude. 113. 84. 133 Asteroid. 133-139 AE (Auroral Electrojet) index. 59 Blakemore. 119 Baie St. 17. 84 pulsating. 56 upper. 37 charts. Paul.. Julius. 2 Biomagnetism. 39 Atmosphere lower. 82 surveys. 39 map. 15. 21. 20 electrojet current.Index Activity index. 18-19 Auroral displays. 8. 148 oil discovery. 123. 102 Bremerton. 116 Aeromagnetism. 105 bombarding particles. 25 Alaskan north-slope oil fields. 65 Big Dipper. 39 Archimedes spiral. 125 Bartels. 22 Australis (Southern Lights). 46 Archaeomagnetism. 70. 20. 115. 4 Airport magnetometer. 117 Apollo space craft. 120 143 . 38 Analysis epoch. 61-63 Books. 17. 41-42 correlations. 17. 109 zone. 14. 109. Qu6bec. 106 values. 8 Bermuda Triangle. 116 Aurora. 39 Archeological formations. 75 Ap (Equivalent Daily Amplitude) index. 34 Byrd Station. 118 Addresses. 139-141 Bowshock. 60. 18 Atoms. Washington State. 131 Bryce Canyon. 90. 45 temperature. 134 Bar magnet. 102 Archives. Antarctica. 17. 106. 42 Body magnets. 110 oval. 40 Atomic number. 18 weight. 109. 101 angle. 90 Borealis (Northern Lights). 38 Agonic line. 113 magnetic observatories.
3 magnetic island and. 6. 108 Crust. 101 Correlation cause and effect. 21 corrosion and. 9. Christopher. 50-51. 103. 63 Drift contintental. 92. 55 modeling. 26 Chu Yu. 111 electrical. 36-38. 3. 139 Declination. 36--41 resistivity. 53 Earth. 92. 32 bar magnet. 89. 25 right-hand rule. 123 temperatures. 99 Coronal holes. 15 induction. 6 magnet Earth as. 39 ancient field behavior. 29 Chinese. 88 sunspot connection. 51 radiowave. 70. 60. 90 pole eccentric axis. 26 lodestone. 18 comparative (air. 101 Columbus. 44 magnetometers. 79 field pattern. 6. 4. 55. Sydney. 8. 82 ionosphere. 11 main field. 48 long-wire. 66 Core-mantle boundary (CMB). 70 moment. 13. 84 . 130 Corona. Captain James. 38 navigation. 26. 66 main field and. 21 secondary. 82. 81 locally-measured. 70 distorted. 32. 14 Earth. 84 Dipole. 48 Conductivity. 23. 11. copper). 2 declination and. 34 equator. 111 Continental drift. 2 variation in geomagnetic storms. 115 ionosphere. 35-37 Cook. 72. 75. 26 aeromagnetic. 20-23 direct. 34. 2 Climate. 109 Conjugate positions. 54 double blind. 77 Dip angle. 40. 25 source and induced. Australia. 124 electromagnets. 23. 23 origin. 70 magnetism. 17. Arizona. 98 mass ejection (CME). 7. 52 Cosmic (galactic) rays.144 Index Chapman. 122 airport runway declination. 93. 50 Cryogenic cooling. 35 magnetotelluric. 3 Communications. 90 Compass. 94 geological features. 27. 70. 70 Tucson. 130 De Magnete. 55 Corrosion in pipeline. 4. 130 CME (Coronal Mass Ejection). 59 Charts. 10. 44 Curie (point) temperature. 29. 35-37 magnetic field pattern. 31. 15 Disturbed field. 88 Cosmic Noise Absorption. 80 field alignment. 111 Cross-tail (neutral sheet) current. 70 Current. 57 CMB (Core-mantle boundary). 55 ecliptic plane and. 6 eccentric axis. 69 strength. 108 Double-blind test. 75. water. 56. 27 Definitive Geomagnetic Reference Field (DGRF). 54 coefficient. 94 Darwin.
Index 145 magnetic pole. 94 conductor. 127 Electrons. 37 Field-aligned current. 32 clay. 70. Alaska. 79 lower mantle. 115 Filaments. 17 Equivalent polar currents. 13. 37 power lines. 56 Exploration (global). 50-53 mapping. 70 source. 70 Earth current. 48 and magnetic fields. 84 Ecliptic plane. 114 models. 18 Elevation angle of North Star. 66-67 signals. 75. 21 field-aligned luminosity and. 81 current in a wire. 28 Eleven-year solar cycle. 22 field. 76. 81 field representation. 9. 44 Fort Yukon. 7. 14. 75. 71 Earthquake. 115117. 111. 70. 21. 18 aurora and. 28 External field. 3. 47. 50. 22. Antarctica. 18 atomic number and. 90 region. 46 Electrically neutral atom. 90-92 current. 18. 3. 84 Fairbanks. Michael. 54 prediction. 26. 79 non-dipole field vs. 104 Elements. 109. 44 use in maglev. 18 current. 22 induction responses. 21. 110 equatorial. 84. 61 Frequency of ion collisions. 37 reversal. 75 Equatorial electrojet. 129 Eccentric axis dip pole. 55 Energetic particle events. 44 in wire. 50 power plant. 102-104. 88 Force of magnetic field. 89. 50 systems in satellites. 20. 99 Flares. 36. 87. dipole field. 7. 22 ionization and. 44 Electromagnetic field. 128 dipole poles. 127-128 dipole field strength. 34 Field in space. 18 molecule. 111. 90 . 3. 92. 20 solar. 92. 134 Electric charge. 102 upper atmosphere and. 87. 81 dipole. 7. 123 Forbush effect. 41. 130-131 Dynamo. 90. 25 Ferrous atoms. Alaska. 71 outer core. 23. 23 Electrical conductivity. 7. 9. 98 Fluxgate magnetometer. 13. 114 Franklin. 19. 70 theory. 109 Ethesian winds. 9. 80. 19 Electrojet auroral. 21. 90 Electromagnet. 101 Eights Station. 127 probe. 88 Dst (Disturbance Storm-Time) index. 84. 130 storm currents. 90 sharing of. 79 particle. 98. 40. 50. 77 analysis. 13. 7 transmission lines. 134 Epoch. 112 Faraday. 85. Benjamin.
130 auroral. 115 equatorial. 107 satellites and. 8. 49 high. 86 INTERMAGNET. 17 Igneous rock. 32 . 7. 15 Ganymede main field. 25. 49 Grand Teton National Park. 90. 131 storms. 97-120. 115. 74. 128. Canada. 37 Geomagnetic coordinate poles. 88 Galaxy 4 satellite. 123 Hyderabad. 115 lunar quiet-day. 66. 128 coordinate system. 45. 28 geomagnetic coordinates. 9. 18. 111 Jupiter main field. 121 coefficients. 92-94. 11 first textbook on. 72 GPS and. 74. 71 Kp (Planetary Magnetic Disturbance) index. 89 electron density. 52 IAGA (International Association of Geomagmid. 62 Heliospheric boundary. 49 Geomagnetism. 95 poles. 138 Gilbert. 92. 134 Galactic cosmic rays. 110. 116 Land survey. 102 Ionosphere. 78-80. 115-119 spherical harmonic. 57. 44 Indices. 12. Edmund. 89 solar wind. 50 Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF). 92 high latitude. 7. 50 Infrasonic pressure waves. 134 GPS and. 89. Wyoming. 50. 90 dip equator. 80 table. 28. India. 107 recovery phase. 8 Health magnets. 58. 77-80 multipoles. 75-77 field units. 58 low. 75. 16. 8 Geostationary satellites. 75. 77 IMAGE spacecraft. Baron Alexander von. 52. England. 119.) of oscillation. 5. 78. 74 regions (zones). 86 High latitudes. 47. 5. 17 Hubble Space Telescope. 89 Ionospheric conductivity. 48. 79 North Pole. 48. 132 Internal field. 46 Gamma (y). 94 field responses. 78. 84. 114 Intergalactic fields. 49 main phase. 44. 75. 6 Great Whale River (GHW). 73. 72-86. 114. 48. 20-23. 111. 113 Greenwich. 92 Ions. 84. 76 geomagnetic coordinates and. 64 Great Earth Magnet. 79 main field poles. 53. 29 Halley. 58. 76 Induction. 132 pulsation. 109 current. 73 Global Positioning System (GPS). 60 IGRF (International Geomagnetic Reference Field). 47 Human response to magnetic fields. 16 Geologic exploration. 78 2000 coefficient values. 16. 64 Joule heating. 16 netism and Aeronomy). 40 Latitude. 94 of pulsations.146 Inclex Frequency (cont. 61 Humbolt. 71 Gauss Carl Friedreich. 130 field models. 108 Jackson Lake. William. 11 from North Star. 40.
66 levitation. 87. 44 termites. 6 domains. 87. 123 quake-site. 69 alignment with solar wind. 75 movement of. 31 SQUID. 88 tail boundary. 35 positions of. 58 proton. 72 Resonance Imaging (MRI). 42 Curie point. 72 types of. 87 tail. 42. 92 Maglev. 130 . 15 south pole. 102 field and charged particles. 111 fields. 26 dipole. 102 Magnetosheath. 44 seasonal differences. 87 Magnetospheric boundary. 70 Magnetometer. 28 Lower mantle. 3 crystals. 95. 71. 32 realignment. 31 randomly oriented. 60-61 Magnetite. 5. 14. 4 clocks and. 29 geomagnetic coordinates. 106. 45 particles and. 26 declination. 94 Lunar quiet-day ionospheric current. 78 dipole moment. 2 Magnet. 70 field effect of. 41 rubidium. 88 Van Allen belts. 111 magnetic storms and. 115 envelope. 123 satellite. 61-63 Earth's main field.moex 147 Lightning focusing of. 32 field human response to. 102 tail of. 88 field measurements. 30. 118 currents in. 30 field-aligned current. 3 polarities. 123 Magnetopause. 87. 102 sunward boundary. 25 coils. 2 body "health" magnet. 93 airport. 78. 23 permeability. 123 fluxgate. 58 Island. 114 currents. s e e Geomagnetic storms orbital predictions and. 123 medical uses. 44 mountain. 77 locally measured. 72 GPS and. 13 north pole. 3 Locally measured dip poles. 30-35 storms. 44 simple bar. 3 Magnetic charts. 6. 49 ship's. 23. 82-84 Longitude. 124 variometer. 30 and lodestone (lodestone). 81 Geomagnetic coordinate. 2. 3 Eccentric axis dipole. 64 Loadstone (lodestone). 102 Magnetosphere. 46 satellites and. 84 axis. 104 outer boundary. 46 satellites and. 103 heating of. 42 in animal brains. 43 rocks. 79 IGRF. 44 Magnesia (Macedonia region). 43 cryogenic. 111 solar wind path within. 30 microscopic. 102. 107. 13 poles. 71 positions.
38 data. 71 Venus. 5. 4 geographic. 18 Observatories. 36 waves. 30 Mars. 114 Nuclear explosion (Novaya Zemlya). 71 Moon. 115 Magnetotail. 129 Natural magnetic noise. 71 size of. 73 magnetic. 34 Mid latitude. 10 Medicine. 35 satellites and. 132. 134 INTERMAGNET. 22. 49 ships. 117 Northern Lights. 43 spin alignment. 26. 36 troughs. 71 Neutrons. 109 auroral zone. 3 Mars main field. 108 Magnetotellurics (MT). 71 Mesa Verde. 69 conducting atmospheric ions. 29 Northern auroral zone. 92.148 Index Magnetospheric (cont. 128-129 charts. 23 . 12. 61 Metamorphic rock. 32 at poles. 107 Maricourt. 123 quantum-mechanical modeling of. 21 NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance). 16 solid magnet and. Franz Anton. 70 Uranus. 11. 42-43 Mercury main field. 17. 17 changing source.W. 6. 4 geomagnetic. 71 reversal of. 20. 38 Navigation homing pigeon. 110 northern high-latitude. 108 magnetic. 120 molecule. 38 Main field. 4 Star. 113. 138 northern hemisphere. 98 Maxwell. 28. 131 method. 40. 3. 19-20 Moon main field. 88. 57. 71 mapping. 114 magnetic resonance (NMR). 105 Novaya Zemlya. 115 Oceanic bottom dating. 2. 26-29 Neptune main field. 36 plates. 81 North Pole. 131 Multipole. 89. 17. 115 Milky Way Galaxy. 42 satellites. 7. 18. 23 alignment. 92 global network. 75. 43 MT (magnetotelluric) data. 106 major worldwide. 79. 106 auroral and polar regions.. 71 Mercury. 116 Australian. Russia. 57 Mesmer.) tail current. 3. 84 high latitude. 88 Molecules. 71 Neptune. 71 MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). E. 71 Main phase. 34 extension into space. 43 Non-dipole field. 23 dip angle. 78-80 Nanoteslas (nT). 88. James Clerk. 15. 113. 47 Saturn. 132 low latitude. 18 hydrogen atom. 71 Jupiter. 30. 130 daytime field variations. 130 chain of. 71 Maunder. 69 Ganymede. Pierre de (aka Padres Peregrinus). 43 Nucleus. 19 Nitrogen emissions.
52 Quantum mechanical modeling. 60. 87. 3. 32. 70 subsonic. 70. 69 Ring current. 102 Parkinson's vectors. 43 explorers. 90. 88 . Padres (aka Pierre de Maricourt). 123 square of. 78 Olympic Peninsula. 12. 73 auroral field. 123 Partial ring currents. 47. 52 Queen Elizabeth Islands. 95. 44. Permeability. 12 Pulsations (geomagnetic). 84 Remanent magnetization. 23. 41 Pipelines. 7 Proton. 35-37 Pressure waves. 114. 17 Recovery phase. 88. 111 atmospheric. 70. 13 131 Phase. 98 Plasma. 63 Quiet-day variations (Sq). Australia. 58. 77 dysfunction. 40. 74 Placebo effect. 112. Washington State. 123 effects of current. 70 region of Earth. 107 apparent magnetic locations. 79 Prominences. 108. 32-34 cap. Pseudo-logarithmic change. 51 grounding. 72. 116 auroral oval. 114 field. 31 Octupole. 108 latitudes. 48 partial. 84. 32. 95. 48 chart location of. 119. 102 Satellite sector currents. 81 electrical noise. 99 Paramour ship. 11 damage. 82 magnetometer. 35 of Dst index. 85. 70 Ozone layer. 117 3 Pseudoscience. 30 Poles. 80. 103 precession. 67 Periods of oscillation. 52. 72 observatory. 16. 83 north geomagnetic. and main field strength. 45 IGRF field. 132 Port Augusta. 50 Prehistoric fields. 130 alignment. 130 Power lines. 2 Radiowaves. 23. James Clark. 48. 114 dynamo theory. 34 explosive. 95 RF electromagnetic signal. 18. 16. 41 Quake-site magnetometer. 18 corrosion. 57. 111 internal currents. 94 Ross. 73 drag. 108 Plato. 11. 11. 46. 92 Plages. 72-86 communication signals. 106. 21 field description. 123 Outer core. 80 Piezomagnetic effect. 141 sonic. 112. 50. 71 current loop. 111 regions. 74 magnetic south. 114 Paleomagnetism. 36. 78. 53 Quebec blackout. 119 Quadrupole. 48 search expeditions. 12 Pi and Pc pulsations. 84 Right-hand rule. 43 Peregrinus. 140. 46. 42.Index 149 magnetic drift. 134 Polar. 98. 37. 16. 79 magnetic north. 114 Paleomagnetician. 131 Oscillation period. 109 Rubidium magnetometer. 103. 128 magnetic. 17 Reversal of field. 99 Radiation belts (Van Allen).
126 Solar corona. 97-119 Quebec blackout. 132 variations (Sq). 107 Statistical significance. 114. 87 elevation angle. 45. 55 . 17 Storm explanations. 70. 94. 132 solar wind (see Solar wind). 22 of main field. 28 navigation by. 60. Chinese earthquake prediction. 53. 105 Space Environment Forecast Center. 37 memory upset. 26. 101. 77 Sun. 84 failure. 98 quiet (Sq). 51 solar-terrestrial activity. 29 plasma. 85. 132 Secular variation (SV). 44 Galaxy 4 and telephone pagers. 93 elevation angle. 102. 56. 95. 3. 9. 86 orientation by field. 55 ecliptic plane. 13-15. 125. 108-111 fingerprints. 46. 98 cycle. 99 coronal holes. 101 prominences. 138 global positioning system (GPS). 57 disturbances. 47. 46 radiowave-signal transmitter. 88. 97. 6. 75. 87. 55. 118. 94-95. 92 magnetic field. 97-101. 28 Southern Lights (Aurora Australis). 129 South Magnetic Pole.150 Index Satellite (cont. 131 Spherical harmonic analysis (SHA). 57 cycles drought and. 30. 16. 77 Sedimentary rock. 46 plasma. 49 Saturn main field. 88 Sunspot. 71 Sea-floor spreading. 98 panels. 44--46. 69 South Atlantic/South America anomaly. 88. 99. 39. 6. 101 sectors. 124 Stand-off position. 139 Space Weather Disturbance Scales. 52. 130 ions. 101 visible light from. 57 eleven-year.) evidence of poles. 107 disturbance. 118 Solar-terrestrial activity. 56. 46 navigation and. 56 activity. 30 power supply. 87 surface rotation. 108 magnetic field. 66 Si Nan. 102 direction. 82. 55. 49 magnetometer. 99 flares. 55 rotation. 16 Soda-bottle magnetometer. 119. 102 burst IMF. 93 SQUID magnetometer. 59 Strength of magnetic field. 48--50. 92 vortices. 16. 12. 128. 76 Sq (Solar quiet-day) variations. 36 Sector effect. 107 field. 134 Spectral analysis. 54 Steady field. 92 radiation. 80 functions. 125 Source of magnetic fields. 2 SI units. 131 Seismologists. 13. 46 geostationary. 98 eclipse. 57. 69. 92 wind. 130 cycle. 49 Northern auroral oval picture. 92 field polarity. 33. 34. 1. 44 maximum elevation. 31 measurement of drift. 83 Southern Cross. 69. 106--107 geomagnetic. 95. 88.
102. 57 region temperature. 84 Water divining/witching. 60. 106 pressure waves. 5. 55 Supersonic jet airplanes storm-time radiation risk. 84. 12 Variometer. 130 Tree-ring dating. 17 high latitudes. Antarctica. 52 pager. 111 heating. 17 equatorial. 123 Venus main field. 63-64 Weather. 71 Vostok Station. 48. 55. 57 Tucson. 44. 59. 56. 87. 107 Tectonomagnetic effect. 95 lobes. 138 X-rays. 132. 106 Thule. 15 nanotesla.Index 151 number (R). 39 Zone auroral. 35 World Data Centers. 118 minimum. 71 Ursa Major (Big Dipper). 46 Tesla unit. Greenland. 46 SV (Secular Variation). 133. 15 UoSat-2 satellite. 88. 134 Westward drift. 106-108 field. 102 maximum. 27 Units gamma (y). 43 Toward and Away sectors. 50. 17 low latitudes. 15 Gauss. 95 Tomographic analysis. 94 Uranus main field. 40 Telephone. 46 Upper mantle. 2 Van Allen radiation belts. 55-58 space. 17 . 108 Variation field. 17 polar caps. 16 magnetic field. 51 lines. 15 Thermosphere. 97. 77 Tail currents. 17 mid (middle) latitudes. Arizona. 93 Yucatan peninsula crater.
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Illustration from NASA. These solar particles and fields cause magnetic storms upon their arrival at the Earth. PLATE 2 I~ Six successive NASA photos of particle ejection from the Sun's corona. A black disk blocks the Sun's bright image. .PLATE 1 I~ The many important features of the Sun.
enter our atmosphere. guided by the Earth's field. PLATE 4 ~ Auroras arise as solar disturbance particles.PLATE 3 I~ The Earth's dipole field in space is compressed by the wind from the Sun and is dragged far from the Earth into a downwind tail. Figure from SEC/NOAA. This northern auroral oval is centered near the pole location of the Earth's eccentric-axis dipole field. . A passing cloud of particles ejected from a solar disturbance is also shown. Figure from NASA.
Photo by Dick Hutchinson (Web site http://www. . Lucent Technologies.net/Nhutch/aurora. Bell Laboratories. Figure from L. note the near-vertical striations indicating the Earth's field that guides the bombarding auroral particles. J. Alaska.ptialaska.PLATE 5 I~ In this view of an aurora above the Yukon River at Circle. PLATE 6 I~ Geomagnetic storms create problems in the operation of modem technological systems at the Earth's surface and in space.html). Lanzerotti.
Data from NGDC/NOAA "Geophysics of North America" CD-ROM plotted by D. organized by the Earth's spin. Rainbow colors indicate different crustal field levels. PLATE 8 I~ Scientists have found that the Earth's main dipole field is formed by a westward current flowing in the liquid outer core of the Earth.PLATE 7 I~ Aeromagnetic map of USA crustal magnetic anomalies (local fields after main and quiet variation fields removed) used in identifying geologic formations and in the search for mineral deposits. . Hastings. and generated by a gravitational accretion process at the core-mantle boundary.
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