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Magnetic methods and new developments in magnetostratigraphy to assign chronology of geological processes

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Magnetic methods are important for assigning both absolute and relative time to geological sequences. Magnetostratigraphy and correlation to the Geological Polarity Time Scale (GPTS) constitute a standard dating tool in Earth sciences, applicable to a wide variety of sedimentary (but also volcanic) rock types formed under different environmental conditions (continental, lacustrine, marine). Relative paleointensity variations observed in younger marine or continental sequences can be used to correlate and assign time at high-resolution. Recently, astronomically-forced climate cycles have enabled high-resolution time calibration of sedimentary sequences from the Neogene to the Precambrian. There are innovative research that use magnetic methods to improve the GPTS, better date the geological record, help understanding paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes, and resolve sedimentation dynamics in tectonically active basins, integrating magnetostratigraphy with isotopic dating, bio-, cyclo- and chemostratigraphic records.


Keywords: Magnetotratigraphy, environmental magnetism, GPTS, Relative paleointensity, astronomical tuning


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Magnetic methods are important for assigning both absolute and relative time to geological sequences. Magnetostratigraphy and correlation to the Geological Polarity Time Scale (GPTS) constitute a standard dating tool in Earth sciences, applicable to a wide variety of sedimentary (but also volcanic) rock types formed under different environmental conditions (continental, lacustrine, marine). Relative paleointensity variations observed in younger marine or continental sequences can be used to correlate and assign time at high-resolution. Recently, astronomically-forced climate cycles have enabled high-resolution time calibration of sedimentary sequences from the Neogene to the Precambrian. There are innovative research that use magnetic methods to improve the GPTS, better date the geological record, help understanding paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes, and resolve sedimentation dynamics in tectonically active basins, integrating magnetostratigraphy with isotopic dating, bio-, cyclo- and chemostratigraphic records.


Keywords: Magnetotratigraphy, environmental magnetism, GPTS, Relative paleointensity, astronomical tuning


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 September 2017 Manuscript
28 February 2018 Manuscript Extension

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28 February 2018 Manuscript Extension

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