Abstract

A paleomagnetic study was attempted of the diabase dike swarm intruding the Grenville structural province of the Canadian Shield. Both the alternating field and thermal demagnetization studies indicated that the dikes have varying degrees of stability of magnetization. Some dikes were shown to have stable primary component of magnetization. Microscopic observations indicated that, in most cases, the primary magnetic mineral titanomagnetite was altered to titanomaghemite, probably due to low temperature oxidation. A good correlation is obtained between magnetic stability and relative abundance of titanomagnetite to titanomaghemite in that dike. The mean paleomagnetic pole for the Grenville dike swarm, which is probably of late Precambrian age, was computed to lie at 3.0° N, 29.0° W with A25 = 11.0°. Comparison of this result with other Precambrian pole positions of similar age relative to North America suggests that the dikes were intruded after the Grenville orogeny.

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