The Geomagnetic Field Its Nature, History, and Biological Relevance

  • Durward D. Skiles
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 5)


In the past decade, it has become apparent that the importance of magnetic interactions is not confined to the world of physics but extends into the realm of physiology and whole organism biology. That this should be so follows from two elementary observations: (1) by virtue of their magnetic moments and electrical charges, the atoms and ions which make up an organism can magnetically interact with the organism’s environment, and (2) the environment of practically every organism includes a highly ordered and stable (relative to the lifetime of the organism) geomagnetic field which contains both spatial and temporal information of potential value to the organism.


Magnetic Storm Secular Variation Natural Remanent Magnetization Field Reversal Magnetotactic Bacterium 
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  • Durward D. Skiles
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  1. 1.Seismographic StationUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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