Geochemistry and chemical evolution of saline lakes of western mongolia

S. L. Shvartsev, Marina Nikolaevna Kolpakova, V. P. Isupov, A. G. Vladimirov, S. Ariunbileg

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Abstract

This paper presents data on the major and trace element composition of saline lakes of western Mongolia. The main geochemical types of lakes distinguished in the study are soda-, chloride-, and sulfate-rich lakes. Lake water equilibria with major carbonate, sulfate, chloride, and other rock-forming minerals were calculated. The results show that the major factors controlling the formation of each lake type include evaporation and water–rock interaction processes, and the latter factor plays a critical role in freshwater and soda lakes and only a minor role in chloride lakes. Special attention was given to the soda lakes and the factors controlling lake water chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-403
Number of pages16
JournalGeochemistry International
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Aqueous migration of elements
  • Evolution of lake water composition
  • Geochemical types of lakes
  • Metal geochemistry
  • Mongolia’s lakes
  • Soda lakes
  • Water equilibrium with secondary minerals
  •  lake water geochemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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