When was Arabia close to the pole?

Citation
A. Galdeano et al., When was Arabia close to the pole?, EARTH PLAN, 193(1-2), 2001, pp. 25-37
Citations number
25
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Earth Sciences
Journal title
EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS
ISSN journal
0012-821X → ACNP
Volume
193
Issue
1-2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
25 - 37
Database
ISI
SICI code
0012-821X(20011130)193:1-2<25:WWACTT>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
The new compilation of aeromagnetic data of the Arabian Shield has made pos sible the analysis of the direction of magnetization. The method adopted co nsists of examining the behavior of the autocorrelation function calculated on sub-zones of the total map. In general. it is possible to reach the dir ection of magnetization through some iterations. In the case of the Arabian Shield, the goal is reached easily and, surprisingly, it appears that the magnetization of sources is vertical and, consequently, remanent. Although of relative precision, this technique provides strong indications in favor of a polar position for the Arabian Peninsula because only in a such positi on can the magnetization be vertical. In addition, it can be seen that the major part of the vertically magnetized rocks are the deepest ones. A discu ssion on the age of this polar position suggests a probable date around 650 -630 Ma. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.