Thermally activated viscous remanence in some magnetite‐ and hematite‐bearing dolomites

Mike Jackson, Rob Van der Voo

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A Brunhes‐age viscous remanent magnetization (VRM) carried by magnetite and hematite in the El Paso and Montoya dolomite formations has unblocking temperatures significantly higher than those predicted by single‐domain theory. The samples appear to contain a substantial fraction of pseudo‐single domain magnetite, suggesting transdomain processes may be responsible for the stable VRM. A strong inverse correlation between the occurrence of high unblocking temperatures and high isothermal remanence fractions acquired above 0.3 Tesla suggests that the hematite grain size may also be important in determining the range of observed temperatures. Larger grains are inferred to have lower coercivities but higher unblocking temperatures. An older, reverse‐polarity component is also observed, and appears to be a record of late Cretaceous‐Tertiary tectonic activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1434-1437
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Dec 1986


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