Paleomagnetic research (Department of Earth Physics)

Responsible: Emő MÁRTON, D.Sc.

Palaeomagnetism, in the classical sense, deals with the magnetic properties of rocks. Although this geophysical method is applied to a number of problems, its technical background is fairly uniform. The most important fields of application of the palaeomagnetic method are the followings
-the study of the Earth magnetic field in the historical and geological past
-supplying data for the correct interpretation of magnetic anomalies
-supplying constraints for the past displacements of lithospheric plates, microplates, tectonic nappes and blocks by studying the palaeomagnetic signals frozen in the rocks
-vulcanologic and stratigraphic correlation
-environmental magnetism
The most important field of research in our institute is the study of the past tectonic movements in the Pannonian basin, in the Alps, in the Carpathians and in the Dinarides. In addition, environmental magnetic investigations have been carried out on different materials, like soils, tree leaves, settled dusts and aerosols.

The paleomagnetic and environmental magnetic investigations of the collected samples are carried out in the Paleomagnetic Laboratory of the Department of Earth Physics.