Magnetic stratigraphy from deep clastic turbidites: An example from the Eocene Hecho group (Southern Pyrenees)

Oriol Oms, Jaume Dinarès-Turell, Eduard Remacha

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A paleomagnetic study of a 2200-meter thick section of clastic turbidites from the Eocene Hecho group (southcentral Pyrenees, Spain) allows defining its magnetostratigraphic record. Natural remanent magnetization is carried by up to three components: a viscous low-temperature component; a second component unblocked between 300°C and 345°C, likely carried by iron-sulphides; and a third component which demagnetizes at temperatures higher than 345°C and is likely carried by magnetite. The second and third components may display opposite polarities at the same site. The "magnetite" component delineates different polarity zones and has a more consistent behavior along section if compared with the "iron-sulphide" component, which displays either a normal or a reverse direction without any stratigraphic consistency along section. The bulk of iron sulphides are interpreted to be secondary in origin and to carry diagenetic overprints acquired at different times after deposition and the "magnetite" component is taken as the characteristic primary magnetization. As supported by biostratigraphy, the section is correlated from chrons C20r to C18n.2n (Lutetian-Bartonian transition), which indicates a mean sediment accumulation rate of about 52 cm/ky for the studied section. The new chronostratigraphy allows constraining the age of the upper Hecho Group (Banastón and Jaca allogroups) to an unprecedented level and is consistent with previous magnetostratigraphic work in younger sediments from the Jaca Basin. Deep clastic sedimentary systems should not be neglected as a target for magnetostratigraphic studies despite diagenetic growth of secondary minerals may mask the primary signal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-288
JournalStudia Geophysica et Geodaetica
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


  • Eocene
  • Hecho Group
  • Iron sulphides
  • Magnetostratigraphy
  • Pyrenees
  • Turbidites


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