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Paleomagnetic results of the Late Permian Gobangsan Formation, Korean Peninsula: Remagnetization in the southeastern periphery of the Bagjisan Syncline

Earth, Planets and Space201452:BF03351626

DOI: 10.1186/BF03351626

Received: 18 June 1999

Accepted: 2 February 2000

Published: 20 June 2014


Sedimentary rocks in the Late Permian Gobangsan Formation were collected at 7 sites for paleomagnetic study in the southeastern periphery of the Bagjisan Syncline, Korean Peninsula. The Gobangsan Formation revealed a stable secondary magnetization component with unblocking temperatures of 500–580°C and 650°C from two sites, while the other sites possessed only a present day viscous remanence. The secondary component resides in magnetite and hematite. The site-mean directions of the two sites before tilt correction (D = 355.9°, I = 50.2° with α95 = 4.3° and D = 355.7°, I = 53.3° with α95 = 6.1°) suggest that the remagnetization occurred after Early Cretaceous. The most plausible mechanism of the remagnetization is considered to be a chemical authigenesis because the other possible mechanisms of the remagnetization such as thermoviscous process and Recent weathering can be ruled out by rock magnetic experiments. The timing of the remagnetization is constrained during Tertiary time, because the observed directions are distinguishable from the Cretaceous directions and because Recent remagnetization is unlikely. This is ascertained by good agreement between the observed and the Tertiary directions.