A curious title, you may say, ‘Magnetism; what does that have to do with climate anymore than, as 19th-century quacks claimed, it had to do with human health?’ As it turns out, the book dwells rather less on the relation between earth magnetism and climate and environment than on its function as a stratigraphic and even a chronometric tool. Not a trivial subject then, and quite widely applied today, but as a separate sub-field it is not particularly well known even today. A systematic introductory treatment with examples would therefore be most welcome and, if at the right level, might...

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