pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 133–152 | Cite as

Analysis of magnetic inclination in borecores

  • James C. Briden
  • Martin A. Ward


In palaeomagnetism it is usually assumed that the distribution of directions of natural remanent magnetization at a site is Fisherian. This assumption is used here for an analysis of dispersion on a sphere when only inclination (and not declination) of NRM directions is known. By this method, in spite of the lack of declination data, the mean inclination and precision of the parent Fisherian population are estimated, together with the probable errors in these estimates. The method is tested against known Fisherian populations and is then used for dealing with data from borecores, where the way-up of cores and dip of the hole are known, but the azimuth of cores is not. Uses of the information derived from this analysis include estimations of age of NRM, support for palaeomagnetic data from surface studies, and comparison of dispersion of the palaeomagnetic field with that of the present geomagnetic field.


Azimuth Probable Error Remanent Magnetization Fisherian Population Magnetic Inclination 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Briden
    • 1
  • Martin A. Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.Research School of Physical SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberra

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