Abstract

Single-domain and pseudo-single-domain titanium-poor magnetite grains are present in silicic vitrophyre glass of an ash-flow tuff from western Nevada. Conventional transmission electron microscopy and analytical electron microscopy corroborate inferences, made solely from rock magnetic and remanence data, that the thermoremanent magnetization in the vitrophyre is carried by such grains. The magnetite grains vary in size, shape, and distribution throughout the glass. They probably crystal lized during violent eruption and welding of the ash flow, at temperatures well in excess of 600 °C.

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