magnetic sampling

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The collection of samples in order to study their magnetic properties in the laboratory. The samples may be unoriented if they are only for rock-magnetic properties, e.g. magnetic susceptibility, magnetic intensity. For most archaeomagnetic and palaeomagnetic purposes samples are collected using a small portable drill and oriented using Sun, magnetic, or surveying methods, or gyrocompasses, and often utilizing special orientation devices to ensure precision.

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