Paleomagnetism of late Paleozoic rocks in the northern Cache Creek terrane near Atlin, British Columbia

F. Cole, R. F. Butler, G. E. Gehrels

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Samples were collected from layered Paleozoic rocks at 22 sites (≥6 samples/site) on the Alfred Butte. Principal component analysis of detailed thermal demagnetization data allowed clear isolation of a characteristic remanent magnetization (ChRM) from 17 of these sites. Blocking temperatures to 680°C indicate that this magnetization is carried by hematite, and site-mean ChRM directions are determined with α95 < 10° for the majority of sites. On Sentinel Mountain, samples were collected from 16 sites in layered Paleozoic volcanic and chert rocks and from a diabase sill. Thermal demagnetization revealed a ChRM in the chert and volcanic rocks with blocking temperatures to 680°C, whereas alternating-field demagnetization to 40 mT successfully isolated ChRM in the diabase sill. ChRM directions from four sites involved in a mesoscopic S-fold at Alfred Butte fail the fold test, indicating that the ChRM is a postfolding secondary remagnetization. Rock-magnetic and geologic constraints argue for a chemical remagnetization of these Paleozoic rocks in Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic time. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-498
Number of pages13
JournalCanadian Journal of Earth Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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