Quaternary Climates, Environments and Magnetism, edited by Barbara A. Maher and Roy Thompson, 1999, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 390 p. (Hardcover $115) ISBN: 0-521-62417-7.

For many Quaternary scientists, the term environmental magnetism brings to mind the magnetic susceptibility record preserved in the loess of central China. The kilometers-thick loess plateau has been known since the 1930s for its alternating sequence of aeolian silt and buried soils. It was not until the 1980s, however, that its significance to Quaternary science was widely recognized. The key discovery was magnetic measurements made by Freidrich Heller and Tung Sheng Liu (1982, 1984), who showed...

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