Abstract

Paleomagnetic directions obtained from nonwelded pyroclastic-flow deposits that were emplaced at Mount St. Helens, Washington, in 1980 have a precision and accuracy similar to data obtainable from lava flows. It is concluded that nonwelded pyroclastic-flow deposits, like lava flows, are suitable for studies of magnetic secular variation. Although clast rotations apparently caused an “inclination error” in the paleomagnetic directions, the error is a few degrees at most.

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