Paleomagnetic sampling using portable drilling equipment: Virtue, vice, and/or criminal offense?



The use of portable drilling equipment in field sampling for paleomagnetic research has been commonplace for well over 2 decades. Advances in field drilling “technology” in the past 10 years or so have afforded paleomagnetists a quite straightforward, reasonably painless, and very portable means of obtaining independently, accurately oriented samples for their research. Perhaps the last major breakthrough, in particular, with all due respect for the back of the unsuspecting graduate student/field assistant, would be the availability of dehydrated water!