Magnetic petrology

Application of integrated rock magnetic and petrological techniques to geological interpretation of magnetic surveys

D. A. Clark, D. H. French, M. A. Lackie, P. W. Schmidt

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Interpretation of magnetic surveys in terms of geology is hampered by poor correspondence between broad lithological categories and magnetic properties, and by lack of knowledge of the geological factors that influence the magnetisation of rocks. Magnetic petrology is the integrated application of rock magnetic and conventional petrologic techniques to identify and characterise the magnetic minerals in rocks. This information elucidates the factors that produce, alter and destroy magnetic minerals and thereby influence the bulk magnetic properties of the rocks and their associated magnetic anomalies. Improved understanding of magnetic petrology is therefore essential for maximising the geological information that can be obtained from magnetic anomaly patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
JournalExploration Geophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes



  • Geological interpretation
  • Magnetic interpretation
  • Magnetic petrology
  • Magnetic surveys
  • Rock magnetism

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