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Paleomagnetic constraints on rotation within Mount Abbot quadrangle, central Sierra Nevada, California

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Abstract

The regional photolineament pattern in Mount Abbot quadrangle in the central Sierra Nevada is sigmoidal in plan view. A paleomagnetic investigation was undertaken to determine if this sigmoidal pattern was formed by kinking of originally straight photolineaments after the rock mass cooled below the blocking temperature. If the inner limb of the kink rotated 40??-60?? clockwise with respect to the outer limbs, then there should be a similar difference in the paleomagnetic declinations between the Florence Lake and Bear Creek areas. The paleomagnetic results indicate a clockwise difference in declination of 13.4????7?? of the Bear Creek area with respect to Florence Lake. Thus the sigmoidal pattern could not have formed entirely by rotation afer cooling below the blocking temperature. It is also possible that the observed declination discrepancy is due to tilting, apparent polar wander, or paleomagnetic dispersion instead of rotation. Data from these sites indicate that although no difference in declination is evident, a reheating event may have occurred which could have removed any rotation from the paleomagnetic record, and that there may have been continuous deformation of the rock mass during the formation of the kinks. -from Author

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Title:
Paleomagnetic constraints on rotation within Mount Abbot quadrangle, central Sierra Nevada, California
Series title:
Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume
93
Issue:
B10
Year Published:
1988
Language:
English
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