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Map: The magnetic Earth
The World Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map (WDMAM) shows the variation in strength of the magnetic field after the Earth's dipole field has been removed. Earth's dipole field is generated by circulating electric currents in the planet's metal core. It varies from 35,000 nanoTesla (nT) at the Equator to 70,000 nT at the poles.

World Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map (Korhonen, J.V.)

Image: Korhonen, J.V., Fairhead, J.D., Hamoudi, M., Hemant, K., Lesur, V., Mandea, M., Maus, S., Purucker, M., Ravat, D., Sazonova, T.,and Thebault, E., 2007, Magnetic Anomaly Map of the World (and associated DVD), Scale: 1:50,000,000, 1st edition, Commission for the Geological Map of the World, Paris, France.

World Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map (Korhonen, J.V.)

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After removal of the dipole field anomalies, the variations in the field (few hundreds of nT) are due to changes in the magnetic properties of the crustal rocks themselves.

Hot colours (reds) indicate high values; cold colours (blues) indicate low or negative values of the magnetic field strength.

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