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Oblique magnetic fabric in siderite-bearing pelitic rocks of the Upper Carboniferous Culm Basin, SW England: an indicator for palaeo-fluid migration?

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Helga De Wall
Helga De Wall
Institut für Geologie der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Pleicherwall 1, D-97070 Würzburg, Germany
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Laurence N. Warr
Laurence N. Warr
Centre de Géochimie de la Surface (CNRS-ULP), 1 rue Blessig, 67084-Strasbourg, France
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Published:
January 01, 2004

Abstract

A zone of siderite dominated magnetic fabrics is recognized within clastic argillaceous rocks of the southern part of the Upper Carboniferous Culm foreland basin of SW England. This zone was identified by measuring the anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) before and after heat treatment of samples. A detailed investigation of a recumbent fold structure within this zone (at the well-known Crackington Haven locality) reveals the pre-folding nature of siderite formation. The restored κmax axes of AMS-ellipsoids plot on a segment of a small circle, with a mean inclination of c. 45° to the pole of the sedimentary bedding planes. This oblique magnetic fabric geometry is considered to reflect substrate-controlled siderite growth within a migrating fluid medium, which crystallized during diagenesis and the early stages of Variscan compression. The regional distribution of siderite growth, in combination with the directional information from the AMS, is discussed as an indicator for the palaeo-flow direction of diagenetic fluids within a foreland basin setting.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Magnetic Fabric: Methods and Applications

F. Martín-Hernández
F. Martín-Hernández
Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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C. M. Lüneburg
C. M. Lüneburg
Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of New Orleans, USA
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C. Aubourg
C. Aubourg
Laboratoire de Tectonique, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France
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M. Jackson
M. Jackson
Institute for Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota, USA
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Geological Society of London
Volume
238
ISBN electronic:
9781862394865
Publication date:
January 01, 2004

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