Hotten, Rüdiger (2011): Geological investigation of dykes in Shackleton Range, Antarctica. PANGAEA, doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.765410,hdl:10013/epic.29718.d001Supplement to: Hotten, R (1995): Palaeomagnetic studies on Mafic Dykes of the Shackleton Range, Antarctica, and their geotectonic relevance. Polarforschung, 63(2/3), 123-151,
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During the Geological Expedition to the Shackleton Range, Antarctica (GEISHA) in 1987/88, samples were taken from twenty-one basaltic dykes for palaeomagnetic investigations. The directions of characteristic remanent magnetization (ChRM) of the dykes were determined by thermal and alternating-field demagnetization of 268 cores drilled from the specimens collected. Moreover, on account of the hydrothermal and sometimes low-grade metamorphism of the dyke rock and the resulting partial modification of the primary magnetization, not only were comprehensive magnetic studies carried out, but also ore-microscopic examination. Only thus was it possible to achieve a reasonable assessment and interpretation of the remanent magnetization.
Jurassic and Silurian-Devonian ages were confirmed for the dykes of the northern and northwestern Shackleton Range by comparison of the paleopole positions calculated on the basis of the ChRM of the dykes with the known pole positions for the eastern Antarctic, as well as with polar-wandering curves for Gondwana. Radiometric ages were also determined far some of the dykes. Middle and Late Proterozoic ages are postulated far the dykes in the Read Mountains.
Conclusions on the geotectonic relations of the Shackleton Range can also be drawn from the palaeomagnetic data. It has been postulated that the main strike direction, which differs distinctly from that of the Ross orogen, is due to rotation or displacement of the Shackleton Range crustal block; however, this was not corroborated. The pole positions for the Shackleton Range agree with those of rocks of the same age from other areas of East Antarctica and its positions in the Palaeozoic-Mesozoic polar-wandering path for Gondwana are evidence against the idea of rotation and rather suggest that the position of the Shakleton Range crustal block is autochthonous.
Median Latitude: -80.482293 * Median Longitude: -26.564341 * South-bound Latitude: -80.733300 * West-bound Longitude: -29.366700 * North-bound Latitude: -80.266700 * East-bound Longitude: -23.550000
Dyke-1 * Latitude: -80.733300 * Longitude: -25.816700 * Location: Read Mountains, Shackleton Range, Antarctica * Campaign: GEISHA * Device: Geological sample (GEOS)
Dyke-11 * Latitude: -80.700000 * Longitude: -23.616700 * Location: Read Mountains, Shackleton Range, Antarctica * Campaign: GEISHA * Device: Geological sample (GEOS)