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Remagnetization and Chemical Alteration of Sedimentary Rocks

Product Code: SP371
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R.D. Elmore, A.R. Muxworthy, M.M. Aldana & M. Mena
Publication Date: 03 December 2012
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Special Publication 371

Remagnetization is a common phenomenon in rocks, and developing a greater understanding of its mechanisms has several benefits. Acquisition of a secondary magnetization is usually tangible evidence of a diagenetic or thermal event, which can be dated using palaeomagnetic techniques. This is important because the timing of diagenetic and thermal events is commonly difficult to determine. Remagnetization can also obscure primary magnetizations and a better understanding of remagnetization could improve our ability to uncover primary magnetizations. Many chemical remagnetization mechanisms have been proposed, including those associated with chemical alteration by a number of different fluids (e.g. orogenic, weathering, mineralizing, hydrocarbons) and burial diagenetic processes (e.g. clay diagenesis, maturation of organic matter). This book contains case studies and review articles that focus on remagnetization, chemical remagnetization mechanisms, and magnetic changes associated with chemical alteration by hydrocarbons.


Published online 03/12/2012. Print copy available from 09/01/2013.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-351-6
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 290
Weight: 0.92 kg


ELMORE, R. D., MUXWORTHY, A. R. & ALDANA, M. Remagnetization and chemical alteration of sedimentary rocks

VAN DER VOO, R. & TORSVIK, T. H. The history of remagnetization of sedimentary rocks: deceptions, developments and discoveries 

FONT, E., RAPALINI, A. E., TOMEZZOLI, R. N., TRINDADE, R. I. F. & TOHVER, E. Episodic Remagnetizations related to tectonic events and their consequences for the South America Polar Wander Path

DENNIE, D., ELMORE, R. D., DENG, J., MANNING, E. & PANNALAL, J. Palaeomagnetism of the Mississippian Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin, Texas

SZABó, E. & CIOPPA, M. T. Multiple magnetizations in Ordovician–Devonian carbonates in the Williston Basin (Manitoba, Canada)

ZECHMEISTER, M. S., PANNALAL, S. & ELMORE, R. D. A multidisciplinary investigation of multiple remagnetizations within the Southern Canadian Cordillera, SW Alberta and SE British Columbia

EVANS, S. C., ELMORE, R. D., DENNIE, D. & DULIN, S. A. Remagnetization of the Alamo Breccia, Nevada 

APPEL, E., CROUZET, C. & SCHILL, E. Pyrrhotite remagnetizations in the Himalaya: a review

AUBOURG, C., POZZI, J.-P. & KARS, M. Burial, claystones remagnetization and some consequences for magnetostratigraphy

EMMERTON, S., MUXWORTHY, A. R. & SEPHTON, M. A. Magnetic characterization of oil sands at Osmington Mills and Mupe Bay, Wessex Basin, UK

COSTANZO-ÁLVAREZ, V., ALDANA, M., BAYONA, G., LóPEZ-RODRíGUEZ, D. & BLANCO, J. M. Rock magnetic characterization of early and late diagenesis in a stratigraphic well from the Llanos foreland basin (Eastern Colombia)

MENA, M. & WALTHER, A. M. Rock magnetic properties of drill cutting from a hydrocarbon exploratory well and their relationship to hydrocarbon presence and petrophysical properties

JACKSON, M. & SWANSON-HYSELL, N. L. Rock magnetism of remagnetized carbonate rocks: another look

DEKKERS, M. J. End-member modelling as an aid to diagnose remagnetization: a brief review

MANNING, E. B. & ELMORE, R. D. Rock magnetism and identification of remanence components in the Marcellus Shale, Pennsylvania



Steve Rowlatt

Featured in Geoscience July 2013

This book is hardback and is, as usual for an SP, well printed and bound. It contains many diagrams (some in colour), figures, photographs and tables, distributed through 15 papers by various authors, with extensive references after each. The book is quite expensive (less so to Fellows!), but nonetheless constitutes excellent value, even at full price.

Marek Lewandowski, Polish Academy of Sciences

Review was featured in Journal of Pure & Applied Geophysics.

The current Special Publications is focusing on chemical remagnetization and changes of magnetic minerals, genetically associated with hydrocarbon migration through sedimentary rocks. This is a key issue, since remanence recorded in secondary magnetic phases can be dated by comparison with reference paleomagnetic data. ..... Gathering articles from top-class scientists, this monographic volume is an excellent review of the current state-of-the-art in fundamental paleomagnetic problems related to diagenesis and origin of the natural remanent magnetization, setting a stage for better cooperation between academia and oil industry.

The volume includes informative and legible, black and white and colour figures. Index of terms includes also reference to table and figures. The book will be useful not only for paleomagneticians, but also for geochemists, petrologists, structural geologists and sedimentologists.

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