Paleomagnetic field variation with strong negative inclination during the Brunhes chron at the Banda Sea, equatorial southwestern Pacific

Yin Sheng Huang, Teh Quei Lee, Shu Kun Hsu, Tein Nan Yang

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Abstract

We reconstruct the earth magnetic field in the Brunhes epoch at the Banda Sea by studying the paleomagnetic data from core MD012380, collected during the International Marine Global Change Study (IMAGES) VII Cruise in 2001. Magnetic analysis is carried out for whole core with a sampling spacing of 1 cm by using u-channel. Magnetic susceptibility (χ), nature remanent magnetization (NRM), anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ARM), and isothermal remanent magnetization (IRM) are measured in our paleomagnetic experiment. Results show the low latitude geomagnetic field variation at the Banda Sea during the last ∼820 kyr. Except for the Brunhes/Matuyama boundary (BMB), there is no clear signal of reverse events in paleo- inclination and paleo-declination patterns. However, the synthetic paleointensity curve displays the asymmetrical saw-tooth pattern that can be used for determining reverse events, and shows a maximum intensity drop at the BMB. The characteristics of paleointensity provide a useful tool to identify reverse signals and improve the difficulties from only using inclination and declination patterns, especially at low latitude. With the help of paleointensity, inclination and declination, we have identified five reverse events. Furthermore if we consider the secular variation effect, we think that the strong negative inclination observed in our study may be the zonal time-averaged field with paleo secular variation, rather than non-dipole effect within the Brunhes epoch.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-170
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
Volume173
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Brunhes chron
  • Geomagnetic field
  • Inclination anomaly
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Paleomagnetism

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