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Paleomagnetism of the Silurian-Devonian Andreas redbeds: Evidence for an Early Devonian supercontinent?

Miller, John D.; Kent, Dennis V.

Two components of magnetization were isolated in the Silurian-Devonian Andreas redbeds of the central Appalachians of Pennsylvania (lat 40.75 degrees N, long 75.78 degrees W): a thermally distributed, synfolding B component, and a thermally discrete, pre-Alleghenian-age folding C component. The C component mean direction and associated pole position correspond to a Silurian-Devonian paleolatitude for the Andreas location of about 35 degrees S, which, in conjunction with Early Devonian results from Gondwana, is consistent with an Early Devonian supercontinent configuration.

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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
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January 23, 2012
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