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Late Pleistocene Chronology of Sediments From the Yermak Plateau and Uncertainty in Dating Based on Geomagnetic Excursions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6046-1488
Number of Authors: 42019 (English)In: Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, ISSN 1525-2027, E-ISSN 1525-2027, Vol. 20, no 7, p. 3289-3310Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The Yermak Plateau is one of several regions in the Arctic Ocean where paleomagnetism yields controversial results. Despite low sedimentation rates, late Pleistocene paleomagnetic excursions have been reconstructed from many cores in the region, but they are characterized by considerably longer durations when compared to established ones. Self-reversal during maghemitization of (titano)magnetite has been proposed as one explanation. Rock magnetic, C-14 dating, sedimentological and stable isotope (delta O-18) methods were employed to three new sediment cores to put paleomagnetic results in the context of the regional stratigraphy and chronology. Coherence of lithological parameters and delta O-18 variations validated the ratio of anhysteretic remanent susceptibility to bulk magnetic susceptibility (kappa(ARM)/kappa) as a parameter for cross-core correlation. As established by earlier studies, we use the link between glacial/interglacial cycles and kappa(ARM)/kappa to tune our records to a global delta O-18 stack, which provides age models that are independent of radicarbon ages and paleomagnetic data. Our results show that zones of negative magnetic inclination are asynchronous across the plateau. Alternating field demagnetization data revealed that negative inclinations are contained in a medium-high-coercivity (>25-35mT) magnetic phase that may be the result of postdepositional alteration of (titano)magnetite. We note a positive relationship between water depth and excursion duration, which may be driven by changes in water mass circulation on glacial/interglacial timescales.

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2019. Vol. 20, no 7, p. 3289-3310
Keywords [en]
Yermak Plateau, Arctic Ocean, stratigraphy, delta O-18 and kappa ARM, kappa, paleomagnetism, geomagnetic excursions
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-173045DOI: 10.1029/2018GC007920ISI: 000480282600011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-173045DiVA, id: diva2:1355185
Available from: 2019-09-27 Created: 2019-09-27 Last updated: 2019-09-27Bibliographically approved

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