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Authors: Gong, Z.*
Dekkers, M. J.*
Dinarès-Turell, J.*
Mullender, T. A. T.*
Title: Remagnetization mechanism of lower Cretaceous rocks from the Organyà Basin (Pyrenees, Spain)
Title of journal: Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica
Series/Report no.: / 52 (2008)
Publisher: Inst. Geophys. AS CR, Prague
Issue Date: 2008
Keywords: natural remanent magnetization
remagnetization mechanism
Abstract: Widespread Cretaceous remagnetization is documented in several Mesozoic basins in North Central Spain. Organyà Basin (South Central Pyrenean foreland) is atypical in the sense that the lower part of the rock sequence (Berriasian-Barremian limestones) is remagnetized while the upper portion (Aptian-Albian marls) is not (Dinarès-Turell and García-Senz, 2000). Here, this view is confirmed by the analysis of 41 new paleomagnetic sites over the entire basin, so that a 3D view is obtained. Thermoviscous resetting of the natural remanent magnetization can be ruled out, hence the remagnetization is chemical in origin. A positive breccia-test on remagnetized strata constrains the remagnetization age to older than the Paleocene-Eocene, when the backthrust system was active. The remagnetization is argued to have occurred early in the geological history of the Organyà Basin either in the elevated geothermal gradient regime during the syn-rift extension or at the earliest phase of the later compression. Burial is considered the most important cause combined with the lithological effect that limestones are more prone to express remagnetization than marls. The observed pressure solution in the remagnetized limestone is likely associated with the remagnetization, whereas it is unlikely that externally derived fluids have played an important role.
Appears in Collections:04.04.08. Sediments: dating, processes, transport
04.05.07. Rock magnetism
04.05.06. Paleomagnetism
04.04.10. Stratigraphy
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