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apparent polar wander

Ediacaran palaeomagnetism and apparent polar wander path for Australia: no large true polar wander

Constraints on the Jurassic swing of the apparent polar wander path for the North China Block

Magnetic reversal frequency and apparent polar wander of the Siberian platform in the earliest Palaeozoic, inferred from the Khorbusuonka river section (northeastern Siberia)

Palaeomagnetism of the Ross of Mull granite complex, western Scotland: lower Palaeozoic apparent polar wander of the Orthotectonic Caledonides

Pre-drift extension of the Atlantic margins of North America and Europe based on paths of Permo–Triassic apparent polar wander

Apparent polar wander paths for the major continents (200 Ma to the present day): a palaeomagnetic reference frame for global plate tectonic reconstructions

Cambro-Ordovician palaeomagnetic and geochronologic data from southern Victoria Land, Antarctica: revision of the Gondwana apparent polar wander path

Widespread remagnetization of late Proterozoic sedimentary units of Uruguay and the apparent polar wander path for the Rio de La Plata craton

No vertical axis rotations during Neogene transpressional orogeny in the NE Gobi Altai: coinciding Mongolian and Eurasian early Cretaceous apparent polar wander paths

Palaeomagnetic palaeolatitudes of the Ontong Java Plateau from 120 to 55 Ma: Implications for the apparent polar wander path of the Pacific Plate

The apparent polar wander path of the European plate in Upper Triassic-Lower Jurassic times and the Liassic intraplate fracturing of Pangaea: new palaeomagnetic constraints from NW France and SW Germany

Palaeomagnetism and magnetic anisotropy of Carboniferous red beds from the Maritime Provinces of Canada: evidence for shallow palaeomagnetic inclinations and implications for North American apparent polar wander


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The line traced on each of the continents by joining together the positions of the palaeomagnetic poles at different times. The geometry of the line differs for each continent and appears to suggest a path followed by poles that changed their positions over time. In fact, the changing positions of the poles reflect the latitudinal movements and rotations of lithospheric plates, rather than movements of the poles.

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