The Iceland Palaeomagnetism Database (ICEPMAG)

Justin A. D. Tonti-Filippini, Maxwell C. Brown

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The extensive lava piles of Iceland contain a unique record of geomagnetic field variations spanning the past ~ 16 Ma. Since the 1950s, palaeomagnetic data have been obtained from over 9400 Icelandic lavas. We have compiled all palaeomagnetic data currently available and developed a publicly accessible database ( The data within the database are primarily palaeodirections, with a relatively smaller number of palaeointensity data (8936 entries contain direction only, 218 intensity only, and 337 both direction and intensity). In addition, the database contains a wide range of metadata, including geochronological information, site details, and laboratory methods. The search interface of the database allows users to search for data using a range of customisable filters (e.g. by publication, geological age, location, laboratory method, palaeomagnetic statistics) and to quickly visualise and download the matching search results. The data within the database have significant potential for understanding long-term palaeomagnetic field variations at high latitude, the behaviour of excursions and reversals, and geological mapping on Iceland.[Figure not available: see fulltext.].
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages83
JournalEarth, Planets and Space
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2019

Other keywords

  • Database
  • Geomagnetism
  • Iceland
  • Palaeomagnetism
  • Jarðsegulsvið
  • Gagnagrunnar
  • Bergsegulmælingar


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