Detection and correction of inclination shallowing in deep sea sediments using the anisotropy of anhysteretic remanence
Paleomagnetic data from recent Pleistocene to recent deep sea sediments from the continental rise of eastern North America exhibit a cyclical inclination shallowing, up to 30° with respect to the geocentric axial dipole value. This shallowing is strongly correlated with a ratio of anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ARM) anisotropy determined from a four position ARM anisotropy method. It is therefore proving that inclination variations in these cores are not due to paleosecular variation but in part to a bias in the remanence recording processes linked to depositional anisotropy. This study suggests that ARM anisotropy could provide a method to identify and correct for inclination shallowing in natural sediments.
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