Special Issue "Advances in the Magnetic Analysis of Geological Processes"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Carl Stevenson

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Interests: anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility; structural geology; magnetic fabrics; igneous emplacement mechanisms
Guest Editor
Prof. Eric C. Ferre

Director of the School of Geosciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 104 East University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70504, USA
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Interests: structural geology; rock magnetism; paleomagnetism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Geosciences gathers salient advances in the magnetic analysis of geological processes. Rock magnetic measurements and analyses have witnessed significant advances in measurement precision, accuracy, capability and efficiency over the last 30 years and the potential applications of magnetic analyses span almost the entire gamut of geoscience. A wide array of magnetic methods have been used to study rock deformation, tectonic, geodynamic, geomorphological and surface processes across a range of scales. Paleomagnetism provides unique geodynamic constraints that may be used to reconstruct past plate motions and configurations, characterize tectonic systems at the regional scale, or examine deformation associated with individual structures at the local scale. Rock magnetic characterization provides insights into remanence acquisition during the formation and tectonic evolution of the lithosphere, with, for example, recent advances in magnetic imaging allowing microscopic remagnetization processes to be explored. Magnetic fabric analyses, involving for example measurement of the anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) or anisotropy of remanence (ARM), are now routinely employed in the quantification of petrofabric development at the micro- to macro-scales, complementing information obtained from other fabric techniques such as electron backscatter diffraction. Magnetic fabric studies have been used to examine processes including lithospheric deformation, magma flow, lava and sediment emplacement, glacial processes and may be tuned to examine petrological properties in a similar range of situations.

This Special Issue aims to highlight the most recent advances in geological and geodynamic processes made using magnetic analysis. We hope that a broad array of geoscience studies and advances will be showcased and particularly welcome studies involving methodological advances or innovative applications of these techniques.

It is recommended that authors approach the Guest Editors at an early stage about possible submissions in order to verify the appropriateness of their potential contributions. If appropriate, an abstract will be requested, and the corresponding author required to submit the full manuscript online by the deadline of 31 December 2018.

Dr. Carl Stevenson
Prof. Eric C. Ferre
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility
  • magnetic fabric analysis
  • petrofabrics
  • tectonics
  • volcanology
  • igneous emplacement
  • sedimentology
  • economic geology
  • quaternary geology

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Open AccessFeature PaperReview Magnetic Anisotropy in Single Crystals: A Review
Geosciences 2018, 8(8), 302; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8080302
Received: 20 July 2018 / Revised: 3 August 2018 / Accepted: 9 August 2018 / Published: 11 August 2018
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Empirical relationships between magnetic fabrics and deformation have long served as a fast and efficient way to interpret rock textures. Understanding the single crystal magnetic properties of all minerals that contribute to the magnetic anisotropy of a rock, allows for more reliable and [...] Read more.
Empirical relationships between magnetic fabrics and deformation have long served as a fast and efficient way to interpret rock textures. Understanding the single crystal magnetic properties of all minerals that contribute to the magnetic anisotropy of a rock, allows for more reliable and quantitative texture interpretation. Integrating information of single crystal properties with a determination whether or not mineral and magnetic fabrics are parallel may yield additional information about the texture type. Models based on textures and single crystal anisotropies help assess how the individual minerals in a rock contribute to the rock’s anisotropy, and how the individual anisotropy contributions interfere with each other. For this, accurate and reliable single crystal data need to be available. This review paper discusses magnetic anisotropy in single crystals of the most common rock-forming minerals, silicates and carbonates, in relation to their mineralogy and chemical composition. The most important ferromagnetic minerals and their anisotropy are also discussed. This compilation and summary will hopefully lead to a deeper understanding of the sources of magnetic anisotropy in rocks, and improve the interpretation of magnetic fabrics in future structural and tectonic studies. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Dynamic Magnetic Fabrics Associated with Changes in the Magma Cooling Directions: A Case Study of the Tlustec Volcano, Czech Republic
Mike, Ben, Jennifer, Vlado, Jan

Kinematics of the Brevard Shear Zone: Insights from Magnetic Fabrics
Eric C. Ferre

Title: to be decided
Marco Maffione

Title: to be decided
Carl Stevenson

Title: to be decided
Bjarne Almqvist

Title: to be decided
Daouda Dawaï

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