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DGS04-3 Magnetic Anomalies of New Jersey



Magnetic anomalies are produced by variations in the distribution of iron minerals, usually magnetite, in the rocks of the Earth's crust. Igneous and metamorphic rocks can be very magnetic. By comparison, sedimentary rocks are usually nonmagnetic. Magnetic anomalies therefore provide a way of mapping exposed and buried crystalline rocks.

Magnetic Anomalies of New Jersey contains a GIS shapefile of magnetic contours as polygons, at 100 gamma intervals. The contours are based on magnetic data in New Jersey and vicinity. The New Jersey contours were clipped at the state outline.The magnetic anomalies at 100-gamma intervals have lows ranging from -200 to -300 gammas and highs ranging from +1200 to +1300 gammas. A regional gradient was removed by using a corrected geomagnetic reference field. For New Jersey it ranges from 55,000 - 56,000 gammas.

The shape, database and Arcview legend files are combined with FGDC compliant metadata files in a compressed 'zip' file,, for delivery over the Internet.

This Sample Image is for illustration purposes only.

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