Hypersaline Lagoonal Deposits and Processes in Baja California, Mexico,
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES DEPT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
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Hypersaline marshes and coastal salt flat environments are characterized by a myriad of complex meteorological, biological, chemical and geological interactions. Variability of processes is high fluxes are visually perceived, yet difficult to quantify. This paper synthesizes available data for two coastal salt ponds and reflects on the implications as to cyclic or rhythmic patterns in paleoclimates and sealevel fluctuations. Emphasis is placed on the Mormona area of the Pacific Coast of Baja California with comparison to the intriguing, but difficult of access, Salina Grande ponds of the Sonoran coast. A few comments are also included on the Ometepec Salina on the Gulf of California Coast of northern Baja California.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy