Palaeomagnetic investigations of sediments cores from Axios zone (N. Greece): implications of low inclinations in the Aegean
13 Mar 2008
1Dept. of Geophysics, School of Geology, Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece
2Paleomagnetic Laboratory, Institute of Geophysics - University of Leoben, Austria
3Dept. of Mineralogy-Petrology-Economic Geology, School of Geology, Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece
4Department of Mineral Resources Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece
Abstract. Sediment cores from 13 deep boreholes (1–4.1 km) distributed within Axios zone in Northern Greece have been studied by means of palaeomagnetism. Both low field magnetic susceptibility and intensity of the natural remanent magnetization (NRM) indicate rather weakly magnetised materials. A set of 390 samples have been subjected to thermal and alternative field demagnetization. Isothermal remanent magnetization (IRM) acquisition curves and thermomagnetic analysis suggest the dominance of magnetite. Thin sections from 30 selected samples were studied in order to more precisely characterise their magnetic mineralogy. This investigation also reveals the presence of magnetite and pyrite in framboidal form. An attempt to re-orient some of the samples was partially successful by using the viscous component and the anisotropy method. These techniques were applied in order to correct the palaeomagnetic directions due to the orientation ambiguity of the core samples. The corrected mean direction converges towards an eastward value, in agreement with the overall pattern of the onshore results from previous investigations in the study area.
Finally, the observed inclinations of characteristic remanences in these rocks are much lower than the expected ones but converge with those obtained from formations on land.