Geologic interpretation of gravity and magnetic anomaly data in a given area is greatly enhanced if density, magnetic susceptibility and natural remanent magnetization (NRM) data are available for representative rock-types. Along with outcrop and drill-hole information, rock property data help relate geophysical anomaly signatures to probable rock types, and provide constraints on the use of anomaly data as a tool for mapping and for modeling geology at depth.
Most of the density and magnetization data contained in this database were acquired over the last two decades by the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) as part of an on-going program to collect rock properties. A group of Paleozoic samples were collected from Iowa and included in the database because they provide a representative suite of data for rocks present, but not widely exposed in Minnesota. Additional data were derived from studies by the U. S. Geological Survey (Bath, 1962; Beck, 1970; Beck and Lindsley, 1969; Books, 1972; Jahren, 1965), The University of Minnesota (Bleifuss, 1952, Mooney and Bleifuss, 1952), The University of Western Ontario (Palmer, 1970), and the Geological Survey of Canada (Dubois, 1962).
Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the factual data on which this compilation is based; however, the Minnesota Geological Survey does not warrant or guarantee that there are no errors. Users may wish to verify critical information; sources include both the references listed here and information on file at the offices of the Minnesota Geological Survey in St. Paul. No claim is made that the data as shown are rigorously correct, however, and it should not be used to guide engineering-scale decisions without site-specific verification.
Chandler, V.W.; Lively, Richard S.
ROCK PROPERTIES DATABASE: DENSITY, MAGNETIC SUSCEPTIBILITY, AND NATURAL REMANENT MAGNETIZATION OF ROCKS IN MINNESOTA.
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