Magnetic reversal frequency in the Lower Cambrian Niutitang Formation, Hunan Province, South China

Magnetic reversal frequency in the Lower Cambrian Niutitang Formation, Hunan Province, South China Abstract The reversal frequency of the paleomagnetic field bears great information of evolution of the Earth's deep interior. However, there are still debates on the frequency pattern during the older periods of the Phanerozoic. This study investigated the Niutitang Formation (Lower Cambrian) of the Ciye 1 Hole from south China. Rock magnetic results indicate that the dominant magnetic carrier is magnetite. Characteristic remanence magnetizations have been successfully isolated for the weakly-magnetized shale rocks through stepwise alternated field demagnetization using the 2 G Enterprises Rapid System Magnetometer with a low-noise thin-walled quartz-glass sample holder. Constrained by radiometric ages, our paleomagnetic results indicated frequent polarity reversals during the period of ∼524–514 Ma, which backs up the speculation about the episode of the Ediacaran-Cambrian (∼550–500 Ma) with a character of reversal hyperactivity. frequent polarity reversals, Niutitang Formation, lower Cambrian, Well Ciye 1, South China © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society. This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/about_us/legal/notices) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Geophysical Journal International Oxford University Press

Magnetic reversal frequency in the Lower Cambrian Niutitang Formation, Hunan Province, South China

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Oxford University Press
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© The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society.
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0956-540X
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1365-246X
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10.1093/gji/ggy199
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Abstract The reversal frequency of the paleomagnetic field bears great information of evolution of the Earth's deep interior. However, there are still debates on the frequency pattern during the older periods of the Phanerozoic. This study investigated the Niutitang Formation (Lower Cambrian) of the Ciye 1 Hole from south China. Rock magnetic results indicate that the dominant magnetic carrier is magnetite. Characteristic remanence magnetizations have been successfully isolated for the weakly-magnetized shale rocks through stepwise alternated field demagnetization using the 2 G Enterprises Rapid System Magnetometer with a low-noise thin-walled quartz-glass sample holder. Constrained by radiometric ages, our paleomagnetic results indicated frequent polarity reversals during the period of ∼524–514 Ma, which backs up the speculation about the episode of the Ediacaran-Cambrian (∼550–500 Ma) with a character of reversal hyperactivity. frequent polarity reversals, Niutitang Formation, lower Cambrian, Well Ciye 1, South China © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society. This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/about_us/legal/notices)

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Geophysical Journal InternationalOxford University Press

Published: May 21, 2018

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