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[SEM18-02] Paleomagnetic studies on single crystals separated from the middle Cretaceous Iritono granite
Keywords:paleointensity, granite, single crystals
We separated zircons, quartz and plagioclases from a Cretaceous granite sample whose whole-rock paleointensity and rock-magnetic properties were studied previously, and found to be particularly stable and reproducible (100 Ma, Wakabayashi et al., 2006; Tsunakawa et al., 2009). Superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer and magnetic property measurement system (MPMS) were used to measure natural remanent magnetization (NRM), isothermal remanent magnetization (IRM), thermal remanent magnetization (TRM), anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ARM) and low temperature magnetic properties of the single crystals.
Zircons with grain size of >100 μm were selected for measurements. Less than 1% of them had NRM intensity larger than 10 pAm2. Low temperature magnetic properties and stepwise thermal demagnetization suggested that the major magnetic carrier of these zircons were pyrrhotite, and thus, the zircons are inappropriate for the paleointensity study. Quartz showed similar NRM intensity distribution with zircons. However, some quartz grains showed similar blocking temperature profiles with the host-rock, and primary magnetization components were detected on the orthogonal projections, indicating that these quartz could be suitable for paleointensity study. 44% of plagioclases had NRM intensity greater than 10 pAm2. Their NRM/IRM ratio and low-temperature magnetic properties suggested the existence of tiny magnetite inclusions possibly exsolved from plagioclase. We performed paleointensity measurements by the Tsunakawa-Shaw method (Yamamoto et al., 2003) to four plagioclase crystals. The obtained paleointensities (46-77 μT) were consistent with the reported whole-rock paleointensity.