Paleo-Magnetic Field Recorded in the Parent Body of the Murchison Meteorite

Friday, 19 December 2014
Gunther Kletetschka1,2 and Helena Páchová1, (1)Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Prague, Czech Republic, (2)Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Geology, Prague, Czech Republic
Murchison meteorite is a carbonaceous chondrite containing small amount of chondrules, various inclusions, and matrix with occasional porphyroblasts of olivine and/or pyroxene. We applied magnetic efficiency method (Kletetschka et al 2005, Kohout et al, 2008) in order to get the demagnetization spectra for several randomly oriented fragments of Murchison meteorite. Our method detected not only viscous magnetization removable in low fields, but also very persistent magnetizations in all meterorite fragments. Data suggest that magnetic carriers within the Murchison meteorite were grown in a paleofield of 450 - 850 nT. Meteorite record in other fragments contains an existence of antipodal fields that may be tied to an event of magnetic reversal within the nebular magnetic field or parent asteroid body. Other meteorites show stable record over its entire spectrum, giving magnetic paleofield of 1100 – 1900 nT. Magnetic record in Murchison meteorite comes from magnetite, pyrrhotite and Iron Nickel alloy. Pyrrhotite is suggested to be the main carrier of the paleofield in Murchison. Iron-Nickel alloy generate observable zigzag pattern when magnetically saturated.

Kletetschka, G., Kohout, T., Wasilewski, P., and Fuller, M. D., 2005, Recognition of thermal remanent magnetization in rocks and meteorites, The IAGA Scientific Assembly, Volume GAI10: Toulouse, IAGA, p. IAGA2005-A-00945.

Kohout, T., Kletetschka, G., Donadini, F., Fuller, M., and Herrero-Bervera, E., 2008, Analysis of the natural remanent magnetization of rocks by measuring the efficiency ratio through alternating field demagnetization spectra: Studia Geophysica Et Geodaetica, v. 52, no. 2, p. 225-235.