Shmulik Marco The School of Geosciences

In order to record the secular variation of the geomagnetic field in the past we measure the magnetization of lake sediments and archaeological artifacts that were heated to  above the Currie temperature.

I was introduced to the paleomagnetic research by Hagai Ron, the pioneer of the paleomagnetic research in Israel, who was one of my MSc and PhD supervisors. Hagai, a friend, a teacher, and a leader passed away in September 10, 2012.


  • Braun, D., Ron, H., and Marco, S., 1991, Magnetostratigraphy of the hominid tool bearing Erk el Ahmar formation in the northern Dead Sea Rift: Isr. J. Earth Sci., v. 40, no. 1-4, p. 191-197. pdf
  • Marco, S., Ron, H., Matthews, A., Beyth, M., and Navon, O., 1993, Chemical remanent magnetism related to the Dead Sea rift: evidence from Pan African igneous rocks of Timna, southern Israel: J. Geophys. Res., v. 98, no. B9, p. 16001-16012. pdf
  • Marco, S., Ron, H., McWilliams, M. O., and Stein, M., 1998, High-Resolution Record of Geomagnetic Secular Variation from Late Pleistocene Lake Lisan Sediments (Paleo Dead Sea): Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., v. 161, p. 145-160. pdf.
  • -, 1999, The locking in of remanence in Late Pleistocene sediments of Lake Lisan (palaeo Dead Sea), in Tarling, D. H., and Turner, P., eds., Palaeomagnetism and Diagenesis in Sediments, Volume 151: London, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, p. 47-52. pdf.
  • Marco, S., 2002, Late Pleistocene paleomagnetic secular variation from the Sea of Galilee, Israel: Geophys. Res. Letters, v. 29, no. 21, p. doi:10.1029/2001GL014038. pdf.
  • Yael Segal (2003) Paleomagnetic Secular Variation of the Last 4 Millennia Recorded in Dead Sea Sediments and Archeological Sites in Israel. MSc thesis (pdf)
  • Segal, Y., Marco, S., and Ellenblum, R., 2003, Intensity and direction of the geomagnetic field in 24 August, 1179 measured in Vadum Iacob (Ateret) Crusader Fortress, northern Israel: Isr. J. Earth Sci., v. 52, no. 3-4, p. 203-208. pdf.
  • Eppelbaum, L., Ben-Avraham, Z., Katz, Y., and Marco, S., 2004, Sea of Galilee: comprehensive analysis of magnetic anomalies: Isr. J. Earth Sci., v. 53, p. 151-171. pdf.
  • Ron, H., Nowaczyk, N. R., Frank, U., Marco, S., and McWilliams, M. O., 2006, Magnetic properties of Lake Lisan and Holocene Dead Sea sediments and the fidelity of chemical and detrital remanent magnetization, in Enzel, Y., Agnon, A., and Stein, M., eds., New Frontiers in Dead Sea Paleoenvironmental Research, Geological Society of America Special Publication, p. 171-182. pdf.