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Rain and dust; magnetic records of climate and pollution

Barbara A. Maher
Rain and dust; magnetic records of climate and pollution
Elements (August 2009) 5 (4): 229-234


Two contrasting examples of the application of mineral magnetism to environmental problems are discussed. Magnetic susceptibility measurements of sediments from the Chinese loess Plateau--the biggest accumulation of windblown sediments on earth--reveal one of the best records of continental climate change available. these records provide a detailed picture of glacial and interglacial cycles and variations in the east asian summer monsoon stretching back more than 2 million years. in the case of anthropogenic airborne particles, the spread of particulate pollutants can be robustly traced throughout a city environment by measuring the magnetic properties of leaves, which trap magnetic particles released from vehicle exhausts and/or industry emissions.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 5
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Rain and dust; magnetic records of climate and pollution
Author(s): Maher, Barbara A.
Affiliation: University of Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre, Centre for Environmental Magnetism and Palaeomagnetism, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Pages: 229-234
Published: 200908
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 34
Accession Number: 2009-083386
Categories: Environmental geologyQuaternary geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. strat. col., sketch map
N34°00'00" - N39°40'00", E106°30'00" - E111°15'00"
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200945
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