Abstract

Previous data published on the palaeomagnetism of a group of Precambrian diabase dykes, referred to as the Abitibi swarm, were characterized by considerable angular dispersion attributed to a number of possible factors. The relative importance of these factors was investigated in the light of data obtained for an independent suite of samples from the same group of dykes. Most of the previous interpretation is probably no longer valid because the magnetization of the swarm was found to be distributed tightly about three mean directions rather than dispersed widely about one mean direction, as originally thought. It is concluded that the dykes forming the swarm were injected intermittently during several widely distinct periods and that, accordingly, long-range correlation of diabase dyke swarms on the sole basis of their palaeomagnetism may be more hazardous than was realized earlier.

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