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Environmental magnetic implications of greigite (Fe3S4) formation in a 3 million year lake sediment record from Butte Valley, Northern California

Roberts, Andrew P., Reynolds, Richard L., Verosub, Kenneth L. and Adam, David P. (1996) Environmental magnetic implications of greigite (Fe3S4) formation in a 3 million year lake sediment record from Butte Valley, Northern California Geophysical Research Letters, 23, pp. 2859-2862.

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Abstract

Authigenic greigite (Fe3S4) has been identified in several horizons of lake beds in a 102-m core from Butte Valley, northern California, using mineral magnetic methods and x-ray diffraction analysis. The presence of greigite has several implications for the paleoenvironmental record from Butte Valley. First, its occurrence in 2.5 -3.0 Ma strata confirms that greigite can persist in the geological record for long periods of time. Second, the detrital mineral magnetic record may be partially obscured by the presence of authigenic greigite and care must be taken in interpreting magnetic variations in the greigite-bearing zones as paleoclimate proxies. Third, differences in the timing of remanence acquisition for authigenic and detrital phases may compromise studies of high-frequency geomagnetic field variations. Fourth, greigite may also be significant as a paleoenvironmental indicator of lake and sediment chemistry. The magnetic detection of greigite may therefore provide important information about paleolimnological conditions.

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Published date: 1 October 1996
Organisations: Ocean and Earth Science

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Local EPrints ID: 66120
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66120
ISSN: 0094-8276
PURE UUID: 6bf5e8ff-d49a-46f9-9102-65d548bb0c6f

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Date deposited: 01 May 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:27

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Author: Andrew P. Roberts
Author: Richard L. Reynolds
Author: Kenneth L. Verosub
Author: David P. Adam

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