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Bazarova, E.P.; Osintsev, A.V.
Aragonite and calcite geodes from botovskaya cave
Speleology and Karstology
2012
8
76
81

The article describes unusual secondary mineral formation found in Botovskaya Cave in Eastern Siberia, which are geodes, lined byaragonite and, in some cases, by calcite. Two assumptions of the geode formation are put forward: 1) at the expense of draining solutions that erode loose sediments and fill formed cavities, where then mineral crystallization occurs; 2) at the expense of dissolution of the central body of concretions formed earlier, followed by precipitation of aragonite and calcite in the cavity formed. Later on, the geodes were uncovered during erosion of large volumes of sediments by water flows. Due to peculiar features of their morphology and genesis, these formations can be regarded as a new type of speleothems.

speleothems; geodes; aragonit; Botovskaya Cave; Eastern Siberia
1997-7492
Bazarova, E.P.; Osintsev, A.V., 2012, Aragonite and calcite geodes from botovskaya cave , Speleology and Karstology , 76 - 81 http://www.institute.speleoukraine.net/sk_journal/, PDF