Weathering of Yucatan Limestones: The Genesis of Terra Rosas.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA MOBILE DEPT OF GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY
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The Yucatan Peninsula is the largest area of exposed carbonate rocks in the Caribbean region and provides an ideal site to study the weathering of limestones and dolomites under tropical conditions. Study of the residual Yucatan soils may provide information on the origin of Jamaican bauxites. The Yucatan Peninsula has a wide variety of rainfall, topography, and vegetative cover, and limestones that are similar in mineralogy and weathering history to those in Jamaica. This paper discusses the genesis of terra rosa soils in Yucatan, and relates this to the broader problem of bauxite genesis by weathering of parent carbonate rocks.
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy