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Strontium and boron isotopic constraint on the marine origin of the Khammuane potash deposits in southeastern Laos
Tan HongBing1,2; Ma HaiZhou3; Li BinKai3; Zhang XiYing3; Xiao YingKai3
2010-09-01
Source PublicationCHINESE SCIENCE BULLETIN
Volume55Issue:27-28Pages:3181-3188
SubtypeArticle
AbstractSince 2006, we have conducted a geological exploration of the Khammuane area in southeastern Laos. Several thick sequences of potash deposits containing sylvite and carnallite were discovered from drilling Paleocene strata of the Thangon Formation (E(1) tg). To constrain the origin of the brine that formed thick sequences of salt mineral deposits, we measured the strontium and boron isotope composition of some salt minerals in the potash deposit. Boron isotope composition of halite- and potash-associated minerals in the Khammuane potash deposit varied from 19.91% to 31.01aEuro degrees, which differs significantly from continental evaporates (-6.83aEuro degrees aEuro"a'5.79aEuro degrees) but is very close to that of salts precipitated from evapo-concentrated seawater (10aEuro degrees aEuro"36aEuro degrees). The (87)Sr/(86)Sr ratios (0.707542 to 0.709461) of salts were also close to the values of Paleocene seawater (0.70772 to 0.707830). The content of Br(-) (0.01%-0.25%) and Brx10(3)/Cl ratios (0.10-0.52) of halite were > 10 times higher than that of common continental salts. These characteristics indicate clearly that the Laos potash deposits were deposited from seawater. The small variation in boron and strontium isotopes in all salt sedimentary sequences (gypsum-halite-potash-halite) also suggests that the recharge source should be stable and the effects of other continental water mixing are negligible. Large-scale potash deposits are commonly precipitated from seawater. Hence, the results of recent regional drilling work and geochemical research suggest extensive potash resources could occur in the Thangon Formation of southeastern Laos.
KeywordPotash Deposit Strontium Isotope Boron Isotope Marine Origin Laos
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology
WOS KeywordMESSINIAN SALINITY CRISIS ; QAIDAM BASIN ; SR ISOTOPES ; SALT LAKES ; BRINES ; WATER ; GEOCHEMISTRY ; EVAPORATION ; HALITE ; SUCCESSIONS
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000283082700019
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Identifierhttp://ir.isl.ac.cn/handle/363002/5940
Collection青海盐湖研究所知识仓储
盐湖地质与环境实验室
Affiliation1.Hohai Univ, Sch Earth Sci & Engn, Nanjing 210098, Peoples R China
2.Hohai Univ, State Key Lab Hydrol Water Resources & Hydraul En, Nanjing 210098, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Qinghai Inst Salt Lakes, Xining 810008, Peoples R China
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Tan HongBing,Ma HaiZhou,Li BinKai,et al. Strontium and boron isotopic constraint on the marine origin of the Khammuane potash deposits in southeastern Laos[J]. CHINESE SCIENCE BULLETIN,2010,55(27-28):3181-3188.
APA Tan HongBing,Ma HaiZhou,Li BinKai,Zhang XiYing,&Xiao YingKai.(2010).Strontium and boron isotopic constraint on the marine origin of the Khammuane potash deposits in southeastern Laos.CHINESE SCIENCE BULLETIN,55(27-28),3181-3188.
MLA Tan HongBing,et al."Strontium and boron isotopic constraint on the marine origin of the Khammuane potash deposits in southeastern Laos".CHINESE SCIENCE BULLETIN 55.27-28(2010):3181-3188.
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