We describe here results of magnetic susceptibility (MS) measurements and magnetic mineralogy of sediments sampled in three cores from the south basin of Great Salt Lake. The cores were obtained in 1996 with a Kullenburg-type piston corer at sites in close proximity: core 96-4 at 41 deg 01.00' N, 112 deg 28.00' W and cores 96-5 and 96-6 at 41 deg 00.09' N, 112 deg 23.05' W. Cores 96-5 (2.16 m long) and -6 combine to make a composite 11.31-m sediment record. Sediments in core 96-4 (5.54 m long) correspond to the approximate depth interval of 3.9-9.6 m in the composite core of 96-5 and -6 based on similarities in the MS records as described below.
The central goal of the research was to provide a sediment record of paleoenvironmental change in the northeastern Basin and Range Province over the past 40,000 years. Specific targets included a sedimentologic record of lake-level change combined with a pollen record of climatic change.
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Mineralogic Causes of Variations in Magnetic Susceptibility of Late Pleistocene and Holocene Sediment from Great Salt Lake, Utah