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Nature 279, 202 - 205 (17 May 1979); doi:10.1038/279202a0

Geomagnetic variation during the late Pleistocene period and changes in the radiocarbon time scale

Mike Barbetti* & Kevin Flude

*Physics Department, University of Adelaide, GPO Box 498, Adelaide 5001, Australia
57 Pratt Street, Camden Town, London NW1, UK

The Earth's magnetic field appears to have been weaker than it is today for much of the period 50,000–10,000 yr ago. The geomagnetic record can be used to predict changes in the production of radioactive nuclides by cosmic rays interacting with the atmosphere.

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