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Lehman, Benoît; Laj, Carlo E; Kissel, Catherine; Mazaud, Alain; Paterne, Martine; Labeyrie, Laurent D (1996): Age model of sediment core SU92-18. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Lehman, B et al. (1996): Relative changes of the geomagnetic field intensity during the last 280 kyear from piston cores in the Acores area. Physics of The Earth and Planetary Interiors, 93(3-4), 269-284,

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Relative changes in geomagnetic field intensity over the last 280 kyears have been recovered from the study of three marine cores from the Açores area. One core was precisely dated by oxygen isotope study and the other two records were linked to it using light reflectance analysis which allowed precise correlation. Rock magnetic analysis shows that the main magnetic mineral is magnetite with a very homogeneous grain-size distribution in the pseudo-single domain range for the three cores. Changes in the amount of magnetite do not exceed a factor of 10. Therefore, these cores appear to be suitable for relative palaeointensity determinations. Two mineral magnetic components with periodicities of 23 and 18 kyears are present in the records of bulk magnetic parameters and natural remanent magnetisation (NRM), but the power at these frequencies is not significant at the 95% level for the normalised remanence records. For each core, normalisation of the NRM using different normalising parameters yields virtually identical results. Using saturation isothermal remanent magnetisation (SIRM) as the normalising parameter, the results of the three cores were then combined into a stacked curve. Squared coherence analysis between this stacked curve and bulk mineral-magnetic parameters reveals that the 18 kyear component is still present in the record, but that the power spectrum is barely above noise level at this frequency. Some of the features of this North Atlantic record are consistent with the main characteristics already documented in other sedimentary or volcanic records. For instance, distinct periods of low intensity are observed around 40, 120, and 190 kyears, and periods of high intensity at 50 and 80 kyears. Because of the uniformity of the mineral-magnetic characteristics of the three cores, we suggest that this record may be a suitable palaeointensity reference curve for the Central North Atlantic Ocean region.
Latitude: 37.788333 * Longitude: -27.231667
Minimum DEPTH, sediment/rock: 0.65 m * Maximum DEPTH, sediment/rock: 9.50 m
SU92-18 * Latitude: 37.788333 * Longitude: -27.231667 * Elevation: -2300.0 m * Recovery: 9.93 m * Location: North Atlantic * Campaign: SU92 (PALEOCINAT II) * Basis: Le Suroît * Method/Device: Piston corer (PC)
#NameShort NameUnitPrincipal InvestigatorMethod/DeviceComment
1DEPTH, sediment/rockDepthmLehman, BenoîtGeocode
2Age modelAge modelkaLehman, BenoîtAge model, Martinson et al (1987)
3Isotopic eventIsotopic eventLehman, BenoîtAge model, Martinson et al (1987)
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