Biogenic vs geochemical precipitation of minerals in the submarine hydrothermal vents of Punta Mita, Mexico
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The submarine hydrothermal vents located in the vicinity of Punta Mita contain abundant deposition of calcite, pyrite. Also present are barite, carbonate hydroxyl-apatite, cinnabar and T1-sulfide.Textures indicate direct deposition for calcite and pyrite; however, pyrite also replaces magnetite in the host rock. Thermal water was filtered and microscopic analysis of the particles fiom the filters shows that the shape of the crystals varies euhedral crystals of pyrite to globular aggregates that may be interpreted as a mixture of chemical and biogenic precipitation. Isotopic signature of sulfur in pyrite and carbón in calcite indicates that biogenic deposition is an important phenomenon in this hydrothermal system
CitationProl-Ledesma, R.M, Canet, C., Alfonso, P., Melgarejo, J.C. Biogenic vs geochemical precipitation of minerals in the submarine hydrothermal vents of Punta Mita, Mexico. A: New Zealand Geothermal Workshop. "Proceedings of the 24th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop 2002". Auckland: 2002, p. 235-238.