Limestones of western Newfoundland that magnetized before Devonian folding but after Middle Ordovician lithification

Hodych, Joseph P. (1989) Limestones of western Newfoundland that magnetized before Devonian folding but after Middle Ordovician lithification. Geophysical Research Letters, 16 (1). pp. 93-96. ISSN 1944-8007

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Abstract

A positive fold test and a negative conglomerate test help determine when and how stable remanence was acquired in the Middle Ordovician Table Head Group limestones of the Port au Port Peninsula of Newfoundland. The limestones magnetized after lithification and incorporation as clasts into a Middle Ordovician breccia. Hence, the limestones do not carry a detrital or other primary remanence despite their very low conodont colour alteration index of 1. The remanence may be thermoviscous or diagenetic and was acquired before Devonian folding. This suggests the need for caution in interpreting paleomagnetic results from other early Paleozoic limestones whose remanence resides in magnetite of blocking temperature lower than 400°C.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/6206
Item ID: 6206
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Earth Sciences
Date: January 1989
Date Type: Publication
Geographic Location: Port au Port Peninsula, Newfoundland, Canada
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