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Geomagnetic monitoring in the mid-Atlantic United States

March 1, 2021

Near historic battlegrounds of the American Civil War, southeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on a secluded grassy glade surrounded by forest, a specially designed observatory records the Earth’s changing magnetic field. This facility, the Fredericksburg Magnetic Observatory, is 1 of 14 observatories the U.S. Geological Survey Geomagnetism Program operates at various locations across the United States and its Territories as a service to the Nation and in support of a diversity of governmental, academic, and commercial scientific projects.

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