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Upper Anisian to Lower Carnian magnetostratigraphy from the Northern Calcareous Alps (Austria)

Abstract : We present a magnetostratigraphic study of three pelagic limestone sections (Gamsstein, Mendlingbach and Mayerling) from the eastern part of the Northern Calcareous Alps. Together these sections, which contain a rich conodont fauna, yield a sedimentary record encompassing the uppermost Anisian, the Ladinian and the Lower Carnian. Thermal demagnetization and isothermal remanent magnetization experiments indicate that the magnetization is essentially carried by a mineral of the magnetite family. The high unblocking temperature components isolated from the three sections provide clear magnetic polarity zonations. Correlations between these results, based on the biostratigraphic data and tephrochronology, allow the construction of a composite magnetic polarity sequence from the Illyrian substage (Upper Anisian) to the Julian 2 zone (Lower Carnian). This sequence contains 17 well-defined polarity reversals, and eight more poorly defined intervals. Correlations can be suggested between the new data and other magnetostratigraphic results previously obtained from marine sections. We estimate that the magnetic reversal frequency was 2.5 to 3.6 reversals per million years during the Ladinian.
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Yves Gallet, Leopold Krystyn, Jean Besse. Upper Anisian to Lower Carnian magnetostratigraphy from the Northern Calcareous Alps (Austria). Journal of Geophysical Research : Solid Earth, American Geophysical Union, 1998, 103 (B1), pp.605-621. ⟨insu-01863517⟩

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