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Advances in Magnetism of Soils and Sediments

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Our understanding of how rock magnetism records sedimentary and environmental processes, along with the refinement of analytical methods, has drastically improved in the last decade. In addition, there is an increasing appreciation of the strong interaction between (bio)geochemical and physical systems and ...

Our understanding of how rock magnetism records sedimentary and environmental processes, along with the refinement of analytical methods, has drastically improved in the last decade. In addition, there is an increasing appreciation of the strong interaction between (bio)geochemical and physical systems and how they are preserved in the sedimentary record. This holds great promise for a better understanding of the evolution of our planet, in the past, present and future. In this Research Topic, we seek to present some of the most significant advances to the topic of sedimentary magnetism and the impact on several related domains.

This Research Topic seeks contributions that focus on identifying and assessing the impact of processes that occur throughout the entire sedimentary and soil cycle on rock magnetic, paleomagnetic, and environmental records. Rock magnetic and paleomagnetic approaches can provide highly sensitive and unique information on mineral changes, particularly in fine grained materials, and constrain the relative timing and duration of mineralogical processes during sedimentation and their impact on the environment. The integration of magnetic techniques with (bio)geochemical studies can therefore yield strong constraints on several processes, including bioturbation, microbial activity, iron biomineralization, temperature, climate change, pollution, weathering, transport, deposition, dewatering, diagenesis, fluid/hydrocarbon migration, and their effect on the magnetic signal.

We welcome Original Research and Review articles on topics including, but not limited to:

- multidisciplinary contributions combining magnetic investigations of natural records with (bio)geochemical data;
- characterization of magnetic mineralogy and its variation through time;
- studies using rock magnetic signals for reconstruction of environmental changes;
- new geomagnetic, paleoenvironmental or paleoseismicity records from sediments;
- rock magnetic signals preserved within speleothems;
- paleoclimatic and paleohydrological reconstruction on continents and soil dynamics;
- laboratory experiments, new theoretical models, and new measurement techniques


Keywords: Sediment, Soil, environment, magnetic, process


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