Testing the hypothesis of orbital (eccentricity) influence on Earth's magnetic field

Roberts, A.P., Winklhofer, M., Liang, W-T. and Horng, C-S. (2003) Testing the hypothesis of orbital (eccentricity) influence on Earth's magnetic field. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 216, (1-2), 187-192. (doi:10.1016/S0012-821X(03)00480-1).


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We test a recent suggestion that orbital eccentricity has influenced the geomagnetic field by performing a range of spectral analyses, including estimation of statistical confidence limits, on a 2.2-million-year paleomagnetic inclination record from the western Caroline Basin (WCB). Our analyses indicate that the claimed ~100-kyr signal, while present over discrete portions of the WCB paleomagnetic record, is not statistically significant for the entire record and is not modulated by the 404-kyr eccentricity component as would be expected if the signal was influenced by orbital eccentricity. This signal also has highly variable phase compared to orbital eccentricity variations and the paleomagnetic record shows no statistically significant coherency with the orbital signal. Our results from a nearby coeval western Philippine Sea record support the present analysis. Together, these data suggest that the hypothesis of orbital energization of the geomagnetic field has yet to be convincingly demonstrated.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S0012-821X(03)00480-1
ISSNs: 0012-821X (print)
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Keywords: geomagnetic field, orbital forcing, eccentricity, 100-kyr, inclination, paleointensity
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 1398
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2004
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:09
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1398

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