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Rock magnetic and paleointensity results from Mesozoic baked contacts of Armenia

Abstract : 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 degrees N, 162.2 degrees E, A(95) = 4.3, paleolatitude = 27.0 +/- 3.4 degrees) and the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous Kafan section (61.7 degrees N, 158.9 degrees E, A(95) = 4.8 degrees, paleolatitude = 24.7 +/- 3.8 degrees). 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 x 10(22) A m(2)), which is in agreement with data published by Bol'shakov and Solodovnikov (1981a, 1983) for the same sections (3.0-4.4 x 10(22) A m(2)). Our results support the hypothesis of the Mesozoic Dipole Low, even though the overall data arc widely dispersed.
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V. V. Shcherbakova, Mireille Perrin, V. P. Shcherbakov, V. E. Pavlov, A. Ayvaz'Yan, et al.. Rock magnetic and paleointensity results from Mesozoic baked contacts of Armenia. Earth Planets and Space, Springer/Terra Scientific Publishing Company, 2009, 61 (1), pp.23-39. ⟨10.1186/BF03352882⟩. ⟨hal-00413047⟩



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