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Thermally induced inversion of Al-substituted titanomagnetite in basalts: evidence for partial self-reversal

Pan, Y-X., Liu, Q-S., Deng, C-L., Qin, H-F. and Zhu, R-X. (2006) Thermally induced inversion of Al-substituted titanomagnetite in basalts: evidence for partial self-reversal Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, (B12), B12S29. (doi:10.1029/2006JB004576).

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We report properties of laboratory-induced thermoremanence combined with detailed rock magnetic experiments on basaltic samples which contain aluminum-substituted titanomagnetite (Fe2.24Ti0.64Al0.12O4). Prior to Thellier-Coe paleointensity experiments, specimens were first demagnetized using an alternating field with a peak field of 90 mT and were then imparted an anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ARM) to represent a natural remanent magnetization (NRM). Results show that the partial thermal remanent magnetization (pTRM) gain and ARM remaining are linearly correlated up to 300°C. Between 300 and 460°C, specimens acquire thermoremanence with a direction antiparallel to the external field direction, leading to intensity decreases. This coincides with the onset of the mineral transformation from Al-titanomagnetite to a magnetic phase with higher Tc. Our results support that phase interaction with distinct Tc values in partially oxidized titanomagnetite can produce partial self-reversal thermoremanence in rocks.

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Published date: 2006
Keywords: Al-substituted titanomagnetite, thermoremanence, partial self-reversal, low-temperature magnetic experiments


Local EPrints ID: 44105
ISSN: 0148-0227
PURE UUID: 7e409fa9-ca28-4e43-8103-0a25be941ddc

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Date deposited: 14 Feb 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:16

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Author: Y-X. Pan
Author: Q-S. Liu
Author: C-L. Deng
Author: H-F. Qin
Author: R-X. Zhu

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