Composite titanomagnetite-ferrian ilmenite grains and correlative magnetic components in a dacite with self-reversed TRM

Lawrence P. Kennedy, Margery D. Osborne

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Electron microprobe and reflected light microscopic examinations confirm the presence of composite grains of ferrian ilmenite with Xilm = 0.53 and titanomagnetite with Xusp = 0.13 in a dacite with self-reversed TRM. A parallel TRM component associated with titanomagnetite and a reversed component associated with self-reversing ferrian ilmenite are the principal NRM components. A subordinate, parallel component is associated with ferrian ilmenite which is not magnetically coupled to an "χ-phase". The natural self-reversing properties are mainly a consequence of the dacite's high quenching temperature, calculated at 862-864°C using the FeTi oxide geothermometer, and are most consistent with the self-reversal mechanism proposed by Lawson et al. [9]. The conduction of thermal demagnetization and TRM induction tests in air had a much greater effect on the FeTi oxides than did natural cooling, and resulted in significant oxidation with the consequent modification of some magnetic properties and the formation of another reversed TRM component. The subdivision of titanomagnetite grains by oxidation along fractures decreased its effective grain size and caused an apparent increase in its magnetic intensity, in addition to a slight increase in its resistance to alternating field demagnetization. The χ-phase associated with the reversed NRM component, with 0.42 > Xilm ≥ 0.31, became Fe-enriched during the earlier stages of heat treatment. It is suggested that after heating at 600°C for two hours or more, this χ-phase exsolves as titanohematite with Xilm < 0.33. The ferrian ilmenite host is consequently enriched in Ti, and another χ-phase much closer in composition to the host generates a reversed TRM component with Tb < 200°C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-486
Number of pages8
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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