About this Research Topic
Study of potential fields have marked a turning point in the investigation of our planet during the last decade. A wealth of new data has become available from both airborne and satellite observations. New satellite missions such as SWARM are currently in operation, and others will be launched shortly as GOCE follow-on. These missions offer a powerful method for investigating the Earth’s magnetic and gravity fields with an unprecedented accuracy and coverage. In addition compilations such as the World Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map, which became a reality after more than 50 years of surveys over land and sea, are making high-resolution data widely available.
All these initiatives have provided a vast amount of data and information regarding density and magnetic properties variations in the Earth’s interior. Additionally they have helped in the location of natural resources, and in the analysis on the evolution of the Earth’s lithosphere and thermal structure.
This Research Topic expects contributions on the interpretation of lithospheric gravity and magnetic field anomalies. Studies on tectonics and/or its geodynamics implications are especially welcome.
This Research Topic also aims to highlight the potential field data as a powerful tool capable of characterizing the lithosphere from a wide variety of points of view. This opens a wide range of possible contributions such as the characterization of volcanic regions, both in space and evolution in time through the variations of their gravimetry and magnetic properties, to analyze the existence of a possible magnetic signature in the ocean-continent transition zones, and to finding a plausible mantle-like magnetic contribution.
We welcome contributions that cover the range of article styles of Frontiers in Earth Science: original research, reviews, commentaries, etc.
Keywords: Potential fields, gravity lithospheric anomalies, lithospheric magnetic anomalies, geodynamics, Heat Flow, Asthenosphere, Lithosphere, volcano structure and monitoring, caves description, tectonics, tectonic reconstructions, hot spots
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