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Mechanism of the magnetic susceptibility enhancements of the Chinese loess

Liu, Qingsong, Jackson, Michael J., Banerjee, Subir K., Maher, Barbara A., Deng, Chenglong, Pan, Yongxin and Zhu, Rixiang (2004) Mechanism of the magnetic susceptibility enhancements of the Chinese loess Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, (B12), B12107-[16pp]. (doi:10.1029/2004JB003249).

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Chinese loess/paleosol sequences have been regarded as excellent continental archives for encoding continuous paleoclimatic variations over the past 2.5 Myr. However, the mechanism for magnetic enhancements (especially the low-field mass-specific magnetic susceptibility, ?) of Chinese paleosols is still not completely resolved. This study quantifies contributions of aeolian and pedogenic magnetic particles to the bulk magnetic properties of the Chinese loess/paleosols by using a magnetic extraction technique. Magnetic properties of magnetic separates (extractable) and the corresponding residues (nonextractable) for five characteristic samples covering both loesses and paleosols were comprehensively investigated by hysteresis loops, frequency and low-temperature dependence of magnetic susceptibility, and interparametric ratios. Results show that (1) with moderate degrees of pedogenesis (? < 10 × 10?7 m3 kg?1), ? is enhanced more by increased concentration of stable single domain (SD) magnetic particles than by viscous superparamagnetic (SP) particles. For more mature paleosols with ? > (10–12) × 10?7 m3 kg?1, contributions of pedogenically related fine-grained pseudosingle-domain (PSD, ?100 nm to several microns) particles become significant; (2) pedogenic particles have a narrow grain size distribution concentrated above the SP/SD threshold; and (3) anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ARM) is carried dominantly by SD grains. Moreover, we propose that only the nonextractable fraction of ?, saturation magnetization (M s) and remanent magnetization (M rs) show a strong relationship with the degree of pedogenesis. This new interpretation of magnetic enhancements helps us to retrieve more accurate and quantitative paleoclimatic signals recorded by the Chinese loess/paleosol sequences

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Published date: December 2004
Keywords: chinese loess, magnetic susceptibility, pedogenesis


Local EPrints ID: 41268
ISSN: 0148-0227
PURE UUID: 0a4be722-dcb8-431e-85ef-238872fd6590

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Date deposited: 11 Aug 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:31

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Author: Qingsong Liu
Author: Michael J. Jackson
Author: Subir K. Banerjee
Author: Barbara A. Maher
Author: Chenglong Deng
Author: Yongxin Pan
Author: Rixiang Zhu

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