Doklady Earth Sciences

, Volume 483, Issue 1, pp 1399–1404 | Cite as

Modern and Paleotravertines from Gorny Altai: Indicative Features

  • S. N. KokhEmail author
  • E. V. Sokol
  • E. V. Deev
  • Yu. M. Ryapolova
  • G. G. Rusanov


This work reports new geochemical and stable isotope data on the Late Quaternary travertines of the southeastern Gorny Altai. The travertines are composed of Mg-calcite and Sr-aragonite, which cement the Sartan moraines and Holocene colluvium. The isotope characteristics of CaCO313C = –4.1…+0.9‰ and δ18O = –13.8…–13.9‰, VPDB) indicate a mixed carbon source, while the oxygen source is sedimentation water of the early diagenetic stage. The formation of travertines is controlled by the following factors: faults, underlying deformed carbonate rocks, dissected relief overlain by colluvium and/or moraine sediments, and the ascending fluid flow.



This study was supported by the state assignment project no. 0330-2016-0004. Mineralogical–geochemical, isotope, and hydrogeochemical studies and interpretation of our results were supported by grant no. MK-6322.2016.5 for young Russian scientists from the President of the Russian Federation; analysis of the geological position of the objects was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project no. 16-35-00415 mol_a).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. N. Kokh
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. V. Sokol
    • 1
  • E. V. Deev
    • 2
    • 3
  • Yu. M. Ryapolova
    • 2
  • G. G. Rusanov
    • 4
  1. 1.V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  3. 3.Novosibirsk State UniversityNovosibirskRussia
  4. 4.JSC Gorno-Altaiskaya ExpeditionMaloyeniseiskoeRussia

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