Reversals of the Earth's magnetic field and the acceptance of crustal mobility in North America: A view from the trenches



In this paper I shall attempt to give a personal view of the acceptance of ideas of crustal mobility by a key group of scientists at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, Palisades, N.Y., which in turn, largely because of the data marshalled by these researchers, led to the acceptance of the concept of mobility by the larger scientific community in the United States. This took place in 1964–1966 and led to are markable and rapid transformation in the way that earth scientists view our planet. In large part the change followed the acceptance of reversals of the earth's magnetic field by earth scientists in general.