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Rock magnetic and paleointensity results from Mesozoic baked contacts of Armenia

  • V. V. Shcherbakova14,
  • M. Perrin24,
  • V. P. Shcherbakov14Email author,
  • V. E. Pavlov34,
  • A. Ayvaz’yan44 and
  • G. V. Zhidkov14
Earth, Planets and Space200961:BF03352882

Received: 24 December 2007

Accepted: 20 March 2008

Published: 23 January 2009


Samples were obtained from three baked contacts and one lava flow along the upper Turonian-lower Coniacian Tovuz section, two baked contacts along the upper Coniacian-lower Santonian Paravakar section in the northern part of Armenia, and three baked contacts along the Titonian-Valanginian Kafan section in southern Armenia. A total of 130 samples were studied. Updated mean paleomagnetic poles were calculated for the Upper Cretaceous Tovuz-Paravakar sections (65.6°N, 162.2°E, A95 = 4.3, paleolatitude = 27.0 ± 3.4°) and the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous Kafan section (61.7°N, 158.9°E, A95 = 4.8°, paleolatitude = 24.7 ± 3.8°). Paleointensity determinations could be estimated from two of the upper Cretaceous and three of the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous baked contacts, corresponding to a 30% success rate. The mean virtual dipole moments obtained were low (1.7-5.5 × 1022 A m2), which is in agreement with data published by Bol’shakov and Solodovnikov (1981a, 1983) for the same sections (3.0-4.4 × 1022 A m2). Our results support the hypothesis of the Mesozoic Dipole Low, even though the overall data are widely dispersed.

Key words

Paleointensity Armenia Cretaceous baked contacts Thellier method