PubTalk 7/2004 — Secrets in Stone

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The Role of Paleomagnetism in the Evolution of Plate Tectonic Theory Video Presentation

Presentation of the award-winning USGS video "Secrets in Stone" (35 minutes), introduced by Jack Hillhouse, Research Geophysicist, and followed by a tour of the USGS Paleomagnetics Laboratory

  • Crucial discoveries in the early 1960.s were made in a "tar-paper shack" at the USGS Menlo Park campus
  • Learn how the old idea of .continental drift. was surprisingly revived by these discoveries and woven into the new theory of plate tectonics
  • Hear about the strange behavior of the Earth.s magnetic field: drift and occasional reversals of North and South poles
  • Do we know when the next flip (reversal) of the Earth's magnetic field will happen?
  • Tour the USGS Paleomagnetics Laboratory (Building 16 - see map on back) after the presentation and learn about the current research taking place there. All welcome.

Details

Image Dimensions: 320 x 240

Date Taken:

Length: 01:05:25

Location Taken: Menlo Park, CA, US

Transcript

Contact wmcesic@usgs.gov for transcript.