Research-oriented data base for rock and paleomagnetism to be developed



Plans for constructing a second-generation paleomagnetic data base incorporating paleosecular variation, paleo-intensity, paleopole positions, and reversal records are expanding to include fundamental and applied rock magnetic data. The Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM) at the University of Minnesota held an initial planning meeting in early September to discuss design considerations for a new rock magnetic data base, and whether it should be subsumed under the new paleomagnetic umbrella. Technical aspects of modern data base design and how to deal with the particular difficulties of storing, searching, and retrieving multi-variable rock magnetic data were the focus of the meeting.