Journal of the Geological Society of India

, Volume 84, Issue 2, pp 163–173 | Cite as

Preliminary magnetic susceptibility characteristics of the Bharati promontory (Grovness Peninsula), Larsemann Hills, Prydz Bay region, East Antarctica

  • Manoj K. PanditEmail author
  • Helga de Wall
Research Articles


The coastal tract of the Prydz Bay region in the East Antarctica exposes Archean to Late Proterozoic magmatic and medium- to high grade (amphibolite — granulite facies) metamorphic rocks. The para- and ortho gneisses from the Bharati promontory (Grovness Peninsula) forming a part of the Larsemann Hills in the southern segment of Prydz Bay were investigated for magnetic characterization. In this small peninsula the upper amphibolite facies gneisses occur as NE-trending bands. The para-gneisses show a range of mineral assemblages (± cordierite ± sillimanite ±garnet) while ortho-gneiss mineralogy includes quartz, feldspar, biotite, garnet. All the lithological units in Bharati promontory contain ubiquitous magnetite, however, with wide variation in the volume proportions. This has resulted in a wide range in magnetic susceptibility (10−4 to 10−2 SI). Magnetic foliations show a correspondence with the general trend of lithounits (050° NE) and define a resulting geometry of mainly D1 and D2 foliations. The magnetic lineations show a preferred orientation with moderate easterly plunge (mean vector 093/36). The findings have implications for the magnetic field survey because such fabrics would impart a strong horizontal component of induced magnetization.


Gneisses Magnetic susceptibility Bharati promontory Larsemann Hills East Antarctica 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of RajasthanJaipurIndia
  2. 2.Geozentrum NordbayernUniversitat Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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