Biomineralization of mirabilite deposits of Barkol Lake, China
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Large amounts of halophilic organisms and their fossils that are found in the Barkol mirabilite deposit are identical to those of its modern biological community residing in its surface brines.
The extent of investigation to which organisms contributed to the mirabilite mineralization in the Barkol Lake demonstrates that the genetic mechanism of this type of ore deposit is better explained by biochemical deposition than by the widely accepted, purely chemical deposition which, though approved by classical geologists, will certainly be revised in the future.
KeywordsHalite Evaporite Salt Mineral Fecal Pellet Brine Shrimp
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