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Trace elements in speleothems. A short review of the state of the art.

Author(s): Verheyden Sophie

Journal: International Journal of Speleology
ISSN 0392-6672

Volume: 33;
Issue: 1-4;
Start page: 95;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: speleothems | trace elements | color | paleo-environment

A state of the art of the research on trace elements of speleothems is given. First studies focussed on problems such as the colour of speleothems and the aragonite problem. Insitu studies and studies oriented towards a better understanding of vadose hydrology brought new insights in the controls on trace elemental composition of speleothems. Recent studies deal with microscale analyses and annual and intra-annual chemistry changes. Further in-situ studies should be performed to further differentiate influences, such as climate, soil/weathering and local hydrology in order to better constrain possible transfer functions between the surface and a speleothem.

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