Paleomagnetism conglomerate test on Archean conglomerate rock from Jack Hills, Australia
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
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A paleomagnetism study known as a conglomerate test was run on an Archean sandstone conglomerate rock to determine if the sample contained a remnant magnetization from the time of its formation. Twenty-nine clasts from a thin section of the sample were thermally demagnetized up to a temperature of 395°C. The heating revealed two components of magnetization which were unblocked at low and mid temperatures, revealing a magnetic mineralogy of Pyrrhotite.Eight matrix samples were heated to a temperature of 650°C which revealed two components of magnetization at mid and high temperatures, providing evidence for a magnetic mineralogy of Hematite.The direction of measured magnetic moment of the clasts were statistically similar, indicating that the rock failed the conglomerate test and was remagnetized after the rock formed.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2011.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 59-60).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.