Curie temperature isotherm analysis and tectonic implications of aeromagnetic data from Nevada

Journal of Geophysical Research


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Estimates of the depth to the Curie temperature isotherm in Nevada are in accordance with other regional geologic and geophysical information and together can be explained in the context of presentday tectonism. A method to estimate the depth extent of magnetic sources from the statistical properties of magnetic anomalies was applied to a statewide compilation of aeromagnetic data from Nevada. Basal depths of magnetic sources show no apparent correlation with the so-called magnetic quiet zone, which trends northerly through the eastern part of the state, or with basin-and-range topography. However, certain correlations with published heat flow measurements are apparent and suggest that undulations in basal depth of magnetic sources are related in part to undulations in the Curie temperature isotherm. For example, an area of shallow basal depth (<10 km) near Battle Mountain corresponds to an area of exceptionally high conductive heat flow and indicates a shallow depth to the Curie temperature isotherm in this region. A narrow zone of shallow basal depth extends south from the Battle Mountain area along the 118??W meridian to at least latitude 38??N, which also is a zone of historic surface offsets and high-magnitude earthquakes. The correspondence along the 118?? meridian of shallow basal depth, high heat flow, high lower crustal seismic velocities, attenuated P and S wave arrivals, historic faulting and, large earthquakes suggests that they each are related to an active north trending spreading zone in this part of the Basin and Range province. -Author
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Curie temperature isotherm analysis and tectonic implications of aeromagnetic data from Nevada
Series title Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume 93
Issue B10
Year Published 1988
Language English
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Larger Work Title Journal of Geophysical Research
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