By John Grotzinger, Thomas H. Jordan
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Second, the convective flow is a million times more rapid in the liquid outer core than in the solid mantle. The rapid flow stirs up electric currents in the liquid iron-nickel alloy to produce the magnetic field. 17). For some 400 years, scientists have known that a compass needle points north because of Earth’s magnetic field. Imagine how stunned they were half a century ago when they found geologic evidence that the direction of the magnetic force can be reversed. Over about half of geologic time, a compass needle would have pointed south!
Like a good hypothesis or theory, a good model makes predictions that agree with observations. A scientific model is often formulated as a computer program that simulates the behavior of a natural system through numerical calculations. The forecast of rain or sunshine you may see on TV tonight comes from a computer model of the weather. A computer can be programmed to simulate geologic phenomena that are too big to replicate in a laboratory or that operate over periods of time that are too long for humans to observe.
These waves come in two basic types: compressional waves, which expand and compress the material they move through as they travel through a solid, liquid, or gas; and shear waves, which move the material from side to side. Shear waves can propagate only through solids, which resist shearing, and not through fluids (liquids or gases) such as air and water, which have no resistance to this type of motion. In 1906, a British seismologist, Robert Oldham, was able to sort out the paths traveled by these two types of seismic waves and show that shear waves did not propagate through the core.