Buryl Payne on magnetospheres as media

Some people have speculated that the geomagnetic field carries information somehow used by our organism. At present we don’t know how to read the code.
Buryl Payne in The Body Magnetic, Edition 4, Chapter 6 (Magnetism and Magnetic Devices), (Santa Cruz, California: independently published, February 1990), p. 118.

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...illustrates the dynamical changes of the global magnetic field in the course of a disturbance: a temporary compression of the magnetosphere by enhanced flow of the solar wind is followed by a tailward stretching of the field lines. Eventually, the increase of the tail magnetic field results in a sudden collapse of the nightside field (a substorm) and a gradual recovery of the magnetosphere to its pre-storm configuration.

...illustrates the dynamical changes of the global magnetic field in the course of a disturbance: a temporary compression of the magnetosphere by enhanced flow of the solar wind is followed by a tailward stretching of the field lines. Eventually, the increase of the tail magnetic field results in a sudden collapse of the nightside field (a substorm) and a gradual recovery of the magnetosphere to its pre-storm configuration.
Image credit: Nikolai Tsyganenko - Modeling the Earth's Magnetosphere Using Spacecraft Magnetometer Data

Buryl Payne Posted on behalf of Buryl Payne on Sunday, March 6th, 2011 under Quotations.

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