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Revista de la Asociación Geológica Argentina

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GHIDELLA, Marta E et al. Análisis aeromagnético de la cuenca James Ross, península Antártica. Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. [online]. 2013, vol.70, n.4, pp.564-576. ISSN 0004-4822.

A collaborative aerogeophysical project between the British Antartic Survey (BAS) and the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA) was carried out during the 1998-1999 austral summer. Detailed airborne gravity, magnetic and radar data were collected over the James Ross archipelago, located at the northeastern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The western border of James Ross Basin, in the homonymous archipelago, displays some exposures of Miocene to Recent alkaline rocks of the James Ross Island Volcanic Group (JRIVG). Based on the analysis and modeling of magnetic anomalies we were able to reveal the presence of structures of a volcanic and tectonic origin hidden underneath the ice cover on the James Ross Island and the Weddell Sea. Mount Haddington, on James Ross Island, was found to be associated with large amplitude linear anomalies (200-800 nT). We identified minor effusive centres hidden below the glacial ice, and spotted the presence of two concentric magnetic arcs, made up of a succession of circular anomalies of significant amplitudes (30-300nT) which we take to be related to Neogene magmatic primary conduits developed through belts of structural weakness within the earth´s crust. Off shore, and parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula's eastern edge, there is a low-amplitude magnetic high (20-30 nT) which we believe to be related to an important strike-slip fault region detected by seismic reflection.

Palavras-chave : Airborne magnetometry; James Ross Basin; Volcanic and tectonic structures; Antarctic Peninsula; Cenozoic.

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