Further rock magnetic and chronostratigraphic results on reversal excursions during the last 50 ka as derived from northern high latitudes and discrepancies in precise AMS14C dating

Nowaczyk, Norbert R., Antonow, Martin, Knies, Jochen and Spielhagen, Robert F. (2003) Further rock magnetic and chronostratigraphic results on reversal excursions during the last 50 ka as derived from northern high latitudes and discrepancies in precise AMS14C dating Geophysical Journal International, 155 (3). pp. 1065-1080. DOI 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2003.02115.x.

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Abstract

A total of five sediment cores from three sites, the Arctic Ocean, the Fram Strait and the Greenland Sea, yielded evidence for geomagnetic reversal excursions and associated strong lows in relative palaeointensity during oxygen isotope stages 2 and 3. A general similarity of the obtained relative palaeointensity curves to reference data can be observed. However, in the very detail, results from this high‐resolution study differ from published records in a way that the prominent Laschamp excursion is clearly characterized by a significant field recovery when reaching the steepest negative inclinations, whereas only the N–R and R–N transitions are associated with the lowest values. Two subsequent excursions also reach nearly reversed inclinations but without any field recovery at that state. A total of 41 accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) 14C ages appeared to allow a better age determination of these three directional excursions and related relative palaeointensity variations. However, although the three sites yielded more or less consistent chronological as well as palaeomagnetic results a comparison to another site, PS2644 in the Iceland Sea, revealed significant divergences in the ages of the geomagnetic field excursions of up to 4 ka even on basis of uncalibrated AMS 14C ages. This shift to older 14C ages cannot be explained by a time‐transgressive character of the excursions, because the distance between the sites is small when compared with the size of and the distance to the geodynamo in the Earth's outer core. The most likely explanation is a difference of reservoir ages and/or mixing with old 14C‐depleted CO2 from glacier ice expelled from Greenland at site PS2644.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: AMS 14C dating; geomagnetic reversals; magnetostratigraphy; palaeointensity; reversal excursions;
Research affiliation: OceanRep > Geomar Research Center for Marine Geosciences
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OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2003.02115.x
ISSN: 0956-540X
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Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2019 13:28
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:28
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/47089

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