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Mineral magnetic properties of loess/paleosol couplets of the central loess plateau of China over the last 1.2 Myr

Kenneth L.Verosub;Michael J.Singer;Natasa J.Vidic

  [1]We have conducted a multiparameter investigation of 15 loess-paleosol couplets (S0/L1 to S14/L15) from the Jiaodao section in the central loess plateau of China using environmental magnetic approaches coupled with soil science techniques.The magnetic parameters display systematic variations that seem to be closely related to paleoclimate variations and intensity of pedogenesis.High-temperature susceptibility curves of palcosols show a generally decreasing trend in reversibility from the base of the Lishi Formation to the Holocene black loam,possibly indicating a decrease in weathering intensity.This may reflect a long-term increase in aridity and/or a general long-term cooling trend of the interior of the Asian continent from 1.2 Ma to the present.Several samples display wasp-waisted hysteresis loops.These are most pronounced in moderately enhanced paleosols,less pronounced in the practically unaltered loess,and subdued in the well-developed paleosols,but wasp waistedness reappears in the most developed paleosols.This wasp-waistedness sequence suggests that the composition,concentration,and grain size of magnetic minerals all contribute to the hysteresis behavior of samples from the studied loess-paleosol sequence,but each factor has a different effect at different stages of pedogenesis.INDEX TERMS: 1540 Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism:Rock and mineral magnetism;1512 Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism:Environmental magnetism;1519 Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism:Magnetic mineralogy and petrology;……