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Chemical mass-wasting of the northern Yucatan Peninsula by groundwater dissolution.

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Abstract

In the interior of the peninsula, the recharging water annually dissolves about 37.5 metric tons of calcite per 1 km2. When the groundwater has become saturated with calcite, little additional water-rock interaction occurs until the active mixing (dispersion) zone is reched near the coastline. As much as 1.2 mmol/L additional calcite can be dissolved in the brackish groundwater zone of dispersion. This indicates that if the total solution potential of the amount of water discharging at Xel Ha lagoon has focused within the lagoon area, the lagoon could be chemically incised in less than 3000 yr. -after Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Chemical mass-wasting of the northern Yucatan Peninsula by groundwater dissolution.
Series title:
Geology
Volume
8
Issue:
5
Year Published:
1980
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Geology
First page:
222
Last page:
224
Number of Pages:
3