Possible relationships between changes in global ice volume, geomagnetic excursions, and the eccentricity of the earth's orbit.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A possible relationship between major changes in global ice volume, geomagnetic variations, and short-term climate cooling has been investigated through a study of climate and geomagnetic records of the past 400 000yr. Calculations suggest that redistribution of the Earth's water mass can cause rotational instabilities that lead to magnetic excursions; these magnetic variations in turn may lead to rapid coolings through several proposed mechanisms. Such double coincidences of magnetic excursions and sudden cooling and glacial advance at times of major ice-volume changes have occurred at about 13 500, 30 000, 110 000 and 180 000BP. Thus, Milankovitch cycle parameters may lead to glaciation through both insolation changes and geomagnetic effects on climate. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)584-587
Number of pages4
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1979


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

Cite this