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One hundred thousand years of geomagnetic field evolution

TitleOne hundred thousand years of geomagnetic field evolution
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsPanovska S., Korte M., Constable C.G
Date Published2019/12
Type of ArticleReview; Early Access
ISBN Number8755-1209
Accession NumberWOS:000504377600001
Keywordsaveraged; core-mantle boundary; cosmogenic nuclide production; earths; Geochemistry & Geophysics; iterative bayesian inversion; last 300 ka; magnetic-field; paleomagnetic field; paleosecular variation activity; relative paleointensity; secular variation; South Atlantic

Paleomagnetic records from sediments, archeological artifacts, and lava flows provide the foundation for studying geomagnetic field changes over 0-100 ka. Late Quaternary time-varying spherical harmonic models for 0-100 ka produce a global view used to evaluate new data records, study the paleomagnetic secular variation on centennial to multimillennial timescales, and investigate extreme regional or global events such as the Laschamp geomagnetic excursion. Recent modeling results (GGF100k and LSMOD.2) are compared to previous studies based on regional or global stacks and averages of relative geomagnetic paleointensity variations. Time-averaged field structure is similar on Holocene, 100 ky, and million-year timescales. Paleosecular variation activity varies greatly over 0-100 ka, with large changes in field strength and significant morphological changes that are especially evident when field strength is low. GGF100k exhibits a factor of 4 variation in geomagnetic axial dipole moment, and higher-resolution models suggest that much larger changes are likely during global excursions. There is some suggestion of recurrent field states resembling the present-day South Atlantic Anomaly, but these are not linked to initiation or evolution of excursions. Several properties used to characterize numerical dynamo simulations as "Earth-like" are evaluated and, in future, improved models may yet reveal systematic changes linked to the onset of geomagnetic excursions. Modeling results are useful in applications ranging from ground truth and data assimilation in geodynamo simulations to providing geochronological constraints and modeling the influence of geomagnetic variations on cosmogenic isotope production rates.

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