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Volcanic glass and its suitability to recover the ancient geomagnetic field strength

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A. Ferk
A. Ferk
Conrad Observatory, Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, 1190 Vienna, AustriaDepartment of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, 80333 Munich, Germany
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R. Leonhardt
R. Leonhardt
Conrad Observatory, Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, 1190 Vienna, Austria
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K.-U. Hess
K.-U. Hess
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, 80333 Munich, Germany
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D. B. Dingwell
D. B. Dingwell
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, 80333 Munich, Germany
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Published:
January 01, 2015

Abstract

The determination of the past ancient magnetic field intensity is typically very difficult and error prone. Fresh volcanic glass has been suggested to be an ideal material for obtaining direction and strength of the magnetic field. Domain state bias is generally absent, thermal alteration is normally negligible and, as demonstrated in this study, cooling-rate differences can be corrected for. Major issues remaining include alteration and the origin of the remanence: that is, whether it is a true thermo-, a thermochemical or, for altered samples, a chemical remanence. Hydration, devitrification and perlitization lead to incorrect estimates of the palaeointensity, which are very difficult to recognize as the palaeointensity analysis does not easily expose these biasing effects and points towards ‘reliable’ results. Particular care on sampling and/or volatile measurements are necessary to overcome these drawbacks.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

The Use of Palaeomagnetism and Rock Magnetism to Understand Volcanic Processes

M. H. Ort
M. H. Ort
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M. Porreca
M. Porreca
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J. W. Geissman
J. W. Geissman
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Geological Society of London
Volume
396
ISBN electronic:
9781862396722
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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