Quantifying grain size distribution of pedogenic magnetic particles in Chinese loess and its significance for pedogenesis


Liu, Qingsong, Torrent, José, Maher, Barbara A., Yu, Yongjae, Deng, Chenglong, Zhu, Rixiang and Zhao, Xixi (2005) Quantifying grain size distribution of pedogenic magnetic particles in Chinese loess and its significance for pedogenesis. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, (B11), B11102-[7pp]. (doi:10.1029/2005JB003726).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2005JB003726

Description/Abstract

Quaternary glacial/interglacial cycles have been imprinted on the Chinese loess/paleosol sequences through pedogenesis. In order to accurately decode the paleoclimatic signals carried by these pedogenic particles it is essential to quantify the pedogenically produced magnetic particles in terms of mineralogy as well as grain size distribution (GSD). To date, the GSD has not been accurately determined because of the dearth of available means for analyzing extremely fine grained (nanometer-scale) pedogenic magnetic particles. Using low-temperature techniques, we systematically investigated the temperature dependency of χfd (defined as χ1Hz − χ10Hz, where χ1Hz and χ10Hz are AC magnetic susceptibility measured at 1 and 10 Hz, respectively) from two characteristic loess profiles, one located at the western Chinese Loess Plateau and the other in the central plateau. On the basis of Néel theory for a shape anisotropy dominant grain and experimental analysis at low temperatures, a quantitative GSD for pedogenic particles in Chinese loess/paleosols was constructed. We found that the dominant magnetic grain size lies just above the superparamagnetic/single-domain threshold (~20–25 nm) and that the GSD is almost independent of the degree of pedogenesis. This observation agrees well with other constraints from previous studies. This new GSD model improves our understanding of the pedogenic processes in Chinese loess, enabling further explicit linkage of environmental magnetism to paleoclimate changes.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0148-0227 (print)
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Keywords: chinese loess, grain size distribution, pedogenesis
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 41264
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:26
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41264

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