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Magnetic Properties and Composition of Inclusions in Foraminifera Shells at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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Iron-containing magnetic concretions of planktonic foraminifera of sandy and aleurite fractions of sediments obtained from hydrothermal fields of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge were studied. The phase and elemental composition, morphology, and magnetic properties of carbonate foraminifera shells were analyzed. The hysteresis characteristics and microscopy data support the assumption that the magnetic phase is represented by iron oxide similar in composition to non-stoichiometric magnetite with admixtures of manganese and magnesium. The samples were magnetic granulometrically analyzed according to the model of interacting ferrimagnetic particles. The determinations of superparamagnetic particles on the basis of theoretical modeling are in good agreement with the experimental data obtained using frequency-dependent susceptibility and granulometry methods.

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The authors are grateful to I.G. Dobretsova, mineralogist of the Ocean Exploration and Prospecting Party “PMGE” for the samples provided for research and V.V. Karpinskiy for the graphical representation of MAR. Scientific research was performed at the Research Park of St. Petersburg State University: “Center for Microscopy and Microanalysis”, “Centre for X-ray Diffraction Studies”, “Center for Innovative Technologies of Composite Nanomaterials”, “Center for Geo-Environmental Research and Modeling (GEOMODEL)”.

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Sergienko, E. et al. (2023). Magnetic Properties and Composition of Inclusions in Foraminifera Shells at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In: Frank-Kamenetskaya, O.V., Vlasov, D.Y., Panova, E.G., Alekseeva, T.V. (eds) Biogenic—Abiogenic Interactions in Natural and Anthropogenic Systems 2022. BIOCOS 2022. Springer Proceedings in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-40470-2_9

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