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Klitgord†, KD, Mudie JD, Huestis SP, Parker RL.  1975.  An analysis of near-bottom magnetic anomalies: Sea-floor spreading and the magnetized layer. Geophysical Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. 43:387-424.: Blackwell Publishing Ltd   10.1111/j.1365-246X.1975.tb00641.x   AbstractWebsite

Near-bottom magnetic data over six oceanic ridge segments in the East Pacific are inverted, giving magnetization solutions with alternate positive and negative bands which correspond to geomagnetic field reversals. We estimate the average half-width of the crustal formation zone to be 2–3 km, based on the transition widths between these bands. The solutions show a narrow region of high magnetization centred directly over the centre of spreading, superimposed on a more gradual decrease of magnetization amplitudes with age. Both features are attributed to weathering of highly magnetized pillow lavas. We demonstrate that the short wavelength (<3km) anomalies are largely due to topography. Distances to reversal boundaries give distance vs age curves for each ridge which show that spreading changes occur as sudden accelerations typically separated by several million years of very constant motion. These rate changes are probably accompanied by shifts in the locations of poles of relative motion, which are necessary in a system of more than two interacting plates. Palaeomagnetic data and reversal boundary locations from near-bottom and surface data are combined to give spreading half-rates and a refined time scale for the past 6 My. Widespread spreading rate variations occurred at 2–3 MyBP and about 5 MyBP, possibly as a response to large scale changes in the plate pattern.

Korte, M, Constable CG, Parker RL.  2002.  Revised magnetic power spectrum of the oceanic crust. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. 107   10.1029/2001jb001389   AbstractWebsite

[1] The magnetic field originating within the Earth can be divided into core and crustal components, which can be characterized by the geomagnetic power spectrum. While the core spectrum is determined quite well by satellite studies, models of the shorter wavelength crustal spectrum disagree considerably. We reexamine aeromagnetic data used by O'Brien et al. [1999] to obtain a new, improved estimate of the crustal geomagnetic power spectrum. O'Brien et al. 's model somewhat failed to give a satisfactory connection between the longer-wavelength satellite studies and a reliable crustal model. We show that this was caused by an inadequate processing step that aimed to remove external variations from the data. We moreover attempt to bound the long-wavelength part of the spectrum using constraints of monotonicity in the correlation of the magnetization. However, this proves to be a weak constraint. Reversing the process, though, we are able to evaluate the correlation function using the reliable part of our geomagnetic spectrum. Thus we can obtain a sensible estimate for the long-wavelength part of the spectrum that is not well constrained by the data. Our new model shows better agreement with earlier satellite studies and can be considered reliable in the spherical harmonic degree range l = 30 to 1200.