For six weeks during the summer of 1966 simultaneous magnetic and electric field recordings were made on the east coast of Canada at Fredericton, N.B., Halifax, N.S., and Sable Island. The data from these stations have been analyzed using power spectral techniques. Comparison of the simultaneous recordings from Halifax and Sable Island with those from Fredericton and Agincourt indicate some enhancement in the intensity of the vertical component of the magnetic field for periods less than 40 min at Halifax and attenuation in its intensity for periods less than 3 h at Sable Island. The enhancement at Halifax has been interpreted in terms of the "coast effect" while the effect of the island and of differences in the subsurface conductivity under the continent and under the ocean have been shown to be possible causes of the relative attenuation in the Z variations at Sable Island.

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