Ocean magnetic fields seen from space for first time
Stop and think about this for a minute - The oceans magnetic fields not only exist but can be seen. Wow - take a moment to learn more about magnetic fields and the world you live in and on.
The research by ocean physicist Dr Robert Tyler of the University of Washington and colleagues at Germany’s Earth Research Centre in Potsdam appears in this week's issue of the journal Science.
"It is the first demonstration the magnetic fields generated by ocean flow can be detected by satellite," Tyler told ABC Science Online.
Salts in seawater form electrically-charged ions that generate electric currents, as well as magnetic fields, as they move. The British physicist Michael Faraday predicted this as far back as the 1830s but since then, only localised measurements of the phenomenon have ever been made.
The researchers used two years’ worth of data collected from the highly-sensitive German remote sensing research satellite, CHAMP, to measure magnetism in ocean currents......Click Here to Read More...
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