Modern and Paleotravertines from Gorny Altai: Indicative Features

S. N. Kokh, E. V. Sokol, E. V. Deev, Yu M. Ryapolova, G. G. Rusanov

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Abstract: This work reports new geochemical and stable isotope data on the Late Quaternary travertines of the southeastern Gorny Altai. The travertines are composed of Mg-calcite and Sr-aragonite, which cement the Sartan moraines and Holocene colluvium. The isotope characteristics of CaCO313C = –4.1…+0.9‰ and δ18O = –13.8…–13.9‰, VPDB) indicate a mixed carbon source, while the oxygen source is sedimentation water of the early diagenetic stage. The formation of travertines is controlled by the following factors: faults, underlying deformed carbonate rocks, dissected relief overlain by colluvium and/or moraine sediments, and the ascending fluid flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1399-1404
Number of pages6
JournalDoklady Earth Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


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