Analyzing Triassic and Permian Geomagnetic Paleosecular Variation and the Implications for Ancient Field Morphology

Handford, BT, Biggin, AJ ORCID: 0000-0003-4164-5924, Haldan, MM and Langereis, CG
(2021) Analyzing Triassic and Permian Geomagnetic Paleosecular Variation and the Implications for Ancient Field Morphology. GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYSTEMS, 22 (11).

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Studying paleosecular variation (PSV) can provide unique insights into the average morphology of the geomagnetic field and the operation of the geodynamo. Although recent studies have expanded our knowledge of paleomagnetic field behavior through the late Mesozoic, relatively little is known regarding the Triassic period (ca. 251.9–201.3 Ma). This study compiles the first Triassic virtual geomagnetic pole (VGP) database for the analysis of PSV, as part of a longer Post‐Permo‐Carboniferous Reversed Superchron (PCRS) time interval (265‐198 Ma). VGP angular dispersion and its dependence on apparent paleolatitude are compared against a new PCRS compilation and published PSV compilations for intervals across the last ∼320 Ma. We find that the Post‐PCRS displays near latitudinal invariance of VGP dispersion while the PCRS displays very strong latitudinal dependence. PSV behavior during the Post‐PCRS appears indistinguishable to that previously reported for the interval preceding the Cretaceous Normal Superchron (Pre‐CNS; 126–198 Ma). The near‐constant behavior between time intervals with significantly different apparent average polarity reversal frequencies does not support a suggested relationship between VGP dispersion and reversal frequency. The dispersion observed for the PCRS is consistent with the results of previous studies and represents behavior that is potentially unique over the last ∼320 Ma. A recently published approach to obtain a description of field morphology from equatorial VGP dispersion shows the PCRS geomagnetic field to have been more strongly axial dipole dominated than any interval since. This observation may be causally linked to the PCRS being the longest known superchron in the Phanerozoic geomagnetic polarity timescale.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: paleosecular variation, Triassic, geomagnetic field morphology, PCRS, geomagnetic reversal frequency, core dynamics
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 08:29
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2023 02:56
DOI: 10.1029/2021GC009930
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