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Tauxe & Staudigel 2004
Tauxe, L. and Staudigel, H. (2004). Strength of the geomagnetic field in the Cretaceous Normal Superchron: New data from submarine basaltic glass of the Troodos Ophiolite. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 5:
[1] We present here new paleointensity data from 39 sampling sites collected from the quenched margins of pillow lavas and dikes exposed within the Troodos Ophiolite ( similar to 92 Ma), formed during the Cretaceous Normal Superchron (CNS), a period of approximately 40 million years when the geomagnetic field reversed extremely infrequently if at all. Monte Carlo simulations suggest that a minimum of 25 estimates are necessary for a reasonably robust estimate for the average field strength. Our data suggest a dipole strength equivalent to the present field or nearly twice the post-CNS average. The mean and standard deviation of the dipole moment (81 +/- 43 ZAm(2); Z = 10(21)) from the 57 data points compiled here agree remarkably well with those predicted from the long paleointensity record derived from DSDP Site 522. The new data set for the CNS suggests a picture of a strong and stable field during the period of time when it stopped reversing. Moreover, the similarity of the CNS data with the present geomagnetic field suggests that it is presently in a state of unusual polarity stability.

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cretaceous normal superchron, paleointensity, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, paleointensity, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, time variations-secular and long term, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, instruments and techniques, thellier paleointensity experiments, earths magnetic-field, ocean-floor basalts, inner-mongolia, mantle plumes, late miocene, intensity, titanomagnetite, hysteresis, cyprus
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