Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 237–254 | Cite as

Impact-pressure controlled orientation of shatter cone magnetizations in Sierra Madera, Texas, USA

Article

Abstract

A suite of Sierra Madera Impact deformed rocks was studied and magnetic analyses were performed. We characterized the magnetic signatures of two locations, sites A and B that have different physical characteristics of shock fractured structures as well as the magnetic signatures. Shatter cone at site A has a fine-scale (few to ∼10 mm) distributed array of complete shatter cones with sharp apex. Natural remanent magnetization (NRM) of site A shatter cone is distributed within the plane that is perpendicular to the apexes of the cones. Shatter cone at site B shows no apparent cone shape or apex, instead, a relatively larger scale and multiple striated joint set (MSJS) and sinusoidal continuous peak. NRM of site B shatter cone is clustered along the apexes. The difference in magnetization direction is a likely indicator of the shock pressure where parallel to apex indicates pressures larger than 10 GPa and perpendicular to apex indicate pressures less than 10 GPa. Intensities of NRM and saturation isothermal remanent magnetization (SIRM) contrast and fluctuate within a shatter cone as well as in between two sites. We observed a random orientation of magnetic vector directions and amplitudes changing over small scales leading to the absence of coherent macro-scale signature.

Key words

shatter cones demagnetization remagnetization impact crater shock fractures magnetism magnetic efficiency magnetic signatures magnetic anomaly Mars 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCatholic University of AmericaWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  3. 3.Institute of GeologyAcad. Sci. Czech RepublicPraha 6Czech Republic

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