Rock magnetic properties and paleoenvironmental implications of an 8-Ma Late Cenozoic terrigenous succession from the northern Tian Shan foreland basin, northwestern China

Honghua Lu*, Weiguo Zhang, Youli Li, Chenyin Dong, Tianqi Zhang, Zuyi Zhou, Xiangmin Zheng

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Abstract

In the northern Tian Shan foreland basin, northwestern China, the thick Cenozoic terrigenous succession is crucial for paleoclimate-environmental reconstruction of the Asian interior. Here we present a detailed rock magnetic investigation on 245 samples from the ~1200-m-thick Neogene Taxi He section with a magnetostratigraphic age span of ca. 8.0 to 2.0Ma in the northern Tian Shan foreland basin. Our rock magnetic results indicate that the significant variations in composition, concentration and grain size of magnetic minerals occurred at ca. 6.0, 3.7 and 2.7Ma. The comparable compositions of rare earth elements (REEs) throughout the Neogene Taxi He section suggest no significant modification of the source materials during the interval between ca. 8.0 and 2.0Ma, and thus sediment provenance is not regarded as responsible for these observed variations in rock magnetic properties. Our further analyses show that the variations in magnetic properties of the Taxi He section are casually linked mainly with lithofacies transition due to range encroachment into foreland basin as well as climate aridification. Identified enhancement of aridification was chronologically constrained at ca. 6.0 and 2.7Ma. Such climate events are important archives for reconstructing the Late Cenozoic paleoclimatic history of the Asian interior. Further comparison between different paleoclimate records clearly indicates that magnetic parameters such as S-100mT are potentially effective proxy indices for paleoclimate-environmental reconstruction in the Tian Shan foreland basins and the nearby areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-56
Number of pages14
JournalGlobal and Planetary Change
Volume111
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • aridification
  • Asian inland
  • Late Cenozoic
  • rock magnetism
  • Tian Shan

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