Condensation Corrosion Speleogenesis in the Amargosa Desert and the Tecopa Basin

  • Yuri DublyanskyEmail author
  • John Klenke
  • Christoph Spötl
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We summarize observations on condensation corrosion caves above a regional, moderately thermal aquifer in the Devils Hole Ridge near Ash Meadows (Nevada) as well as at a site near Shoshone (California). At Devils Hole, water of the regional aquifer has been saturated with respect to calcite (i.e., non-aggressive) for the last 2–3 million years. Caves at both sites have been initially formed by extensional tectonics and further enlarged by condensation corrosion.


Condensation corrosion Devils Hole Tecopa Hypogene speleogenesis 



The authors acknowledge the Death Valley National Park Service for permission to conduct research at Devils Hole and the park personnel (K. Wilson and R. Freeze) for field assistance. Partial support for this research was provided by FWF grant P263050.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuri Dublyansky
    • 1
    Email author
  • John Klenke
    • 2
  • Christoph Spötl
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GeologyInnsbruck UniversityInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Nye County Nuclear Waste Repository Project OfficePahrumpUSA

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