Uranium in saline lakes of Northwestern Mongolia

V. P. Isupov, A. G. Vladimirov, N. Z. Lyakhov, S. L. Shvartsev, S. Ariunbileg, Marina Nikolaevna Kolpakova, S. S. Shatskaya, L. E. Chupakhina, L. V. Kuibida, E. N. Moroz

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Abstract

Analysis of major- and trace-element compositions of water in hypersaline soda closed basin lakes of Northwestern Mongolia and Chuya basin (Gorny Altai) shows high enrichment in 238U (up to 1 mg/l). Proceeding from new data, uranium accumulation in water has been attributed to (i) location of the lakes and their watersheds in potential provinces of U-bearing rocks and (ii) uranium complexing with carbonate in presence of carbonate (bicarbonate) anions. Among the explored hypersaline soda lakes of the area, the greatest uranium resources are stored in Lake Hyargas Nuur (about 6000 ton).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-356
Number of pages5
JournalDoklady Earth Sciences
Volume437
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011

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Isupov, V. P., Vladimirov, A. G., Lyakhov, N. Z., Shvartsev, S. L., Ariunbileg, S., Kolpakova, M. N., ... Moroz, E. N. (2011). Uranium in saline lakes of Northwestern Mongolia. Doklady Earth Sciences, 437(1), 352-356. https://doi.org/10.1134/S1028334X11030032