Influence of Depositional Environment on Devils Hole Calcite Morphology and Petrology

  • Peter T. Kolesar
  • Alan C. Riggs


Devils Hole, a steeply dipping (δ80°) tectonically formed planar fissure >165 m deep (Riggs et al., 1994), has been accumulating calcite speleothems that contain at least two different paleoclimate records. Below water table deposits contain a 560,000 year paleoclimate isotopic record (Winograd et al., 1992), while above water table deposits record 120,000 years of changing water table elevation (Szabo et al., 1994). The different depositional environments in Devils Hole control the form of the speleothems.


Fluid Inclusion Depositional Environment Paleoclimate Record Calcite Deposit Miller Chamber 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter T. Kolesar
    • 1
  • Alan C. Riggs
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of GeologyUtah State UniversityLogan
  2. 2.Geological SurveyLakewoodUSA

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