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Paleomagnetic Laboratory, Black Mountain, Acton

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Date created: 1-Jun-1964
Built in 1964 for the Department of Geophysics in an old quarry on the eastern slopes of Black Mountain, this non-magnetic laboratory houses two astatic magnetometers for measuring the weak remnant magnetisation of rocks. It was here that the first polar wander path for Australia was determined. A great difference was found between this path and those for northern hemisphere continents, thus providing a most important demonstration that continental drift had occurred. With subsequent developments, this demonstration led to the now-accepted theory of plate tectonics.
Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Other Identifiers: ANUA 15-107-4


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