Results are presented for a paleodirectional and paleointensity study of 16 Popocatepetl lava flows. Popocatepetl is a tall, active, dacitic-andesitic stratovolcano; it forms the southern end of a N-S-trending Quaternary volcanic range at the eastern edge of the Basin of Mexico. Studied units are mainly andesites and one trachyandestite, and all possess similar trace- and rare-earth-element compositions. Rock-magnetic experiments show that remanence is carried in most cases by Ti-poor titanomagnetite, resulting from oxy-exsolution of original titanomagnetite during flow cooling. Unblocking temperature spectra and high coercivities point to "small" pseudo-single domain magnetic grains for these (titano)magnetites. Single-component, linear demagnetization plots were observed in most cases. A strong, lightning-produced magnetization overprint was detected for one site. Combining the new paleomagnetic data provides a mean paleodirection of I = 35.4degrees, D = 345.7degrees, k = 21, alpha(95) = 8.5degrees, N = 15 for the Popocatepetl volcano region. All studied flows yield normal polarity magnetization, which supports a maximum age within the Brunhes chron.

PALEOMAGNETIC STUDY OF LAVAS FROM THE POPOCATEPETL VOLCANIC REGION, CENTRAL MEXICO

INCORONATO, ALBERTO
2004

Abstract

Results are presented for a paleodirectional and paleointensity study of 16 Popocatepetl lava flows. Popocatepetl is a tall, active, dacitic-andesitic stratovolcano; it forms the southern end of a N-S-trending Quaternary volcanic range at the eastern edge of the Basin of Mexico. Studied units are mainly andesites and one trachyandestite, and all possess similar trace- and rare-earth-element compositions. Rock-magnetic experiments show that remanence is carried in most cases by Ti-poor titanomagnetite, resulting from oxy-exsolution of original titanomagnetite during flow cooling. Unblocking temperature spectra and high coercivities point to "small" pseudo-single domain magnetic grains for these (titano)magnetites. Single-component, linear demagnetization plots were observed in most cases. A strong, lightning-produced magnetization overprint was detected for one site. Combining the new paleomagnetic data provides a mean paleodirection of I = 35.4degrees, D = 345.7degrees, k = 21, alpha(95) = 8.5degrees, N = 15 for the Popocatepetl volcano region. All studied flows yield normal polarity magnetization, which supports a maximum age within the Brunhes chron.
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