Topographic and vegetative controls on calcrete formation, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies

V. Rossinsky, H. R. Wanless

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Abstract

Valley calcretes form in low areas as a result of vegetative and soil-forming processes which penetrate downward and reconstitute host limestone. Enrichment in Fe and Al in valley calcretes is caused by gradual concentration of aerosol-derived material in topographically low and therefore stable settings. Ridge calcretes form on ridge crests and slopes and are associated with downward penetrating roots, but they undergo a cycle of formation and destruction (ridge calcrete cycle) which prevents them from achieving the progressive maturity seen in valley calcrete profiles. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-98
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Sedimentary Petrology
Volume62
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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