Volume 2, Number 1 (1975)
Conference Reports / Compte rendus de réunions

Electromagnetic Induction in the Earth

E. R. Niblett
Division of Geomagnetism, Earth Physics Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa, Ontario.

Published 1975-02-02

How to Cite

Niblett, E. R. (1975). Electromagnetic Induction in the Earth. Geoscience Canada, 2(1). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/GC/article/view/2895


The study of electromagnetic induction in the earth has provided a geophysical method for using magnetic and electric field variations observed on the surface to interpret electrical conductivity and earth structure over a wide range of depths. Analysis of geomagnetic data on a world-wide basis has shown that both conductivity and internal temperature increase rapidly in the mantle, between depths of 300 and 1000 km. In addition many localized zones of high conductivity have been found in the crust and upper mantle. Important anomalies of this type are located in the Cordillera regions of North and South America, in the Japanese Arc, North Germany, and in the Canadian Arctic to mention only a few. These large anomalies, some of them many hundreds of kms in extent, are often found near continental margins or near old plate boundaries. They appear to be associated in a fundamental way with the development of mobile belts and their study is becoming important in our understanding of global tectonics.