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Advances in Earth Science  2012, Vol. 27 Issue (9): 937-946    DOI: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2012.09.0937
Brunhes-Matuyama Polarity Reversal Records and Discussion on Its Recording Phase Lag between Ocean and Terrestrial Sediment
Kong Xianghui1,2,3, Zhou Weijian1,2, Xian Feng1,2, Wu Zhenkun1,2
1.State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an 710075, China;2.Xi’an Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Center, Xi’an 710061, China;3.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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he Brunhes-Matuyama (B/M) reversal is the most recent happened geomagnetic polarity reversal since the Quaternary period. The polarity reversal is considered as occurring synchronously around the world and so is a key time marker which can be used to divide  the stratigraphic sequences and correlating climatic proxies between different sediments. It is also very important for understanding the variation in the geomagnetic field. However, the paleomagnetic studies have revealed that the records of B/M reversal in Chinese loesspaleosol and the marine sediments are not synchronous, there is an time/climatic “offset” between these two sediments. The “offset” both leads to a challenge for the certainties of correlation between Chinese loesspaleosol sequences and the global climate records based on the paleomagnetic time scale. To discuss this “offset” question, this paper intends to review the study history and recent progress on the B/M reversal event in marine and Chinese loess sediments, and to  evaluate the possible explanations of this “offset” phenomenon. In addition, the paper also introduces the recent progress of paleogeomagnetic field variation studies traced by cosmogenic nuclide 10Be in Chinese loess, suggesting the feasibility of combining the 10Be with  paleomagnetic analysis to trace the exact position of B/M event recorded in Chinese loess.

Key words:  B/M reversal      Key time marker      Quaternary      Geomagnetic field      Cosmogenic nuclide 10Be     
Received:  05 April 2012      Published:  10 September 2012
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Kong Xianghui, Zhou Weijian, Xian Feng, Wu Zhenkun. Brunhes-Matuyama Polarity Reversal Records and Discussion on Its Recording Phase Lag between Ocean and Terrestrial Sediment. Advances in Earth Science, 2012, 27(9): 937-946.

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