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Magnetic Earth

Synopsis
Discusses the invisible force field of magnetism which surrounds the earth. Sensitive compasses were used to map the intensity and direction of the magnetic field at the earth’s surface, and recently satellits have extended this data. Molten lava from volcanoes cools to ‘freeze’ the magnetic field of the time, providing a record of magnetic history. Considers two models for the origin of the earth’s magnetic field - a constructed Victorian globe (Wildes’s magnetarium) and a modern self-excited dynamo.
Series
Science Foundation Course, A: Course S102
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 25 min.
Year of production
1987
Availability
Off-air recording licence
Sale; 1998 sale: £145.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Physics
Keywords
earth; magnetism

Credits

Producer
Tony Jolly

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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