Paleomagnetism and 40Ar/39Ar-dating of late Mesozoic volcanic pipes of Minusinsk depression (Russia)

V. Yu Bragin*, V. N. Reutsky, K. D. Litasov, V. G. Mal'kovets, A. V. Travin, D. V. Mitrokhin

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Volcanic pipes with K-Ar ages 65-49 Ma (Zubkov, 1989) are widespread in the Minusinsk depression. We present the results of the first paleomagnetic investigation on four volcanic pipes (42 samples), accompanied by 40Ar/39Ar dating. All four pipes yield a high temperature ChRM component of reversed polarity with mean direction D=178.8, I=62, n=33, k=160.7, a95=7.3. However, some samples from the Bele pipe demonstrate another direction (D=244.3, I=58.2, n=4, k=407.4, a95=4.6). 40Ar/39Ar method gave plateau ages of pipes ranging from 74 to 81 Ma. These results cast some doubt on previous K-Ar dating. The paleomagnetic poles corresponding to both directions of magnetization are statistically different from the APWP of Eurasia given by Besse and Courtillot (1991). Paleomagnetic poles from basaltic rocks of the near-Baikal region (Khramov, 1984) are consistent with the first direction identified from Minusinsk depression, but again are different from the APWP of Eurasia. These data, therefore, call into question the validity of the Eurasian APWP to Northern Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-549
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics and Chemistry of the Earth, Part A: Solid Earth and Geodesy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


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