[SEM18-P12] Eliminating spurious magnetic phases of sedimentary rocks using reductive chemical treatments – A thermomagnetic experiment study on the Upper Cretaceous Yezo Group-
Keywords:Yezo Group, Reductive chemical demagnetization
A pair of chip samples were prepared from paleomagnetic cores. One of the chip samples was subjected to RCD, and the other remained intact. The RCD is performed by dipping the chip sample in the etchant for 72 hours (recipe: Ascorbic acid 5%, buffered by sodium bicarbonate, and adjusted to pH= ~5.6, ORP= -150 to -50 mv). Strong-field thermomagnetic analyses were conducted on both chip samples with and without the RCD. Thermomagnetic curve of the samples without RCD show 4 types of thermal alternation behavior. As a characteristic example of the result Type-C is as follows: magnetization (Js) increases around 400°C. The increase of Js makes a peak at 450°C and then Js gradually decreases to zero at 580°C. Abrupt increases of Js around 450°C was not observed for the RCD sample, while the Js drops at 150°C and 580°C are the same as those observed for the samples without RCD. These results suggest that the iron-containing minerals, which changed to minerals carrying CRM around 450°C, had been effectively removed by RCD. The results suggested that the RCD pretreatment may suppress thermal alteration of sedimentary rocks. This approach seems to have potential for reducing spurious secondary magnetic components effectively, though the relation between the thermal alteration and spurious magnetic components is not well understood.