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[SEM34-12] Rock-magnetic studies concerning source of the Martian magnetic anomaly
Keywords:Rock-magnetism, Martian magnetic anomaly
To determine magnetic domain state of the source, we conducted in-situ magnetic hysteresis measurement of magnetite under high pressure up to 1 GPa. The results show that magnetite exhibits various pressure dependences of coercivity with respect to magnetic domain states: multidomain (MD) magnetite (linearly increase with pressure at a rate of +91%/GPa), pseudo-single-domain (PSD) magnetite (increases with pressure as a quadratic function), acicular single-domain (SD) magnetite (constant up to 1 GPa), and equidimensional SD magnetite (decrease with pressure at a rate of –15%/GPa). Taking into account these pressure dependences, relaxation time of remanent magnetization in the Martian crust was calculated as a function of depth and age. Remanent magnetizations carried by MD and PSD magnetites have been demagnetized within 4 billion years, except very shallow crustal part. On the other hand, the SD magnetite can stably retain its magnetization in the entire crust. Therefore, the source of the Martin magnetic anomaly is fine-grained SD magnetite.
As the mechanism that crystallize and maintain fine-grained SD magnetite in the deep crustal rocks, we focus on a plagioclase crystal with magnetite inclusions. The plagioclase crystal with magnetite inclusions is ubiquitous in mafic and intermediate terrestrial plutonic rocks, and should play an important role in controlling the magnetic properties of deep crustal rocks. To evaluate the role of the plagioclase crystal, we prepared plagioclase crystals from gabbroic anorthosite of the Duluth complex at Forest Center, Minnesota, USA, and magnetic measurements combined with microscopic observation and synchrotron radiation study were conducted for the single grain plagioclase crystals. The magnetic hysteresis parameters resulted in SD and PSD range on the Day plot. The low-temperature remanence curves showed pronounced remanence reductions at around 100–120 K, indicating that the plagioclase crystals contained nearly pure magnetite. The magnetite contents ranged from 40 to 680 ppm with an average of 270 ppm in weight, which could be sufficient to the source of strong magnetic anomalies. On the basis of the experimental results, we will discuss the chemical composition and oxygen state in the Martian crust, which was suited for bearing fine-grained SD magnetite.