Paleokarst - page 2
|Paleogeographic Reconstruction: Putting it all together in the Leadville Mining
What does a mineralized paleokarst area look like? A fascinating and documented paleokarst hosted mineral districts in Colorado is the Leadville mining district.
Here is an article that explains the types of paleokarst features and shows how they can be used to reconstruct the original landscape as an aid to mineral exploration.
Cross-sectional view of a mineralized paleocave at the Sherman Mine in the Leadville mining district. From [Tshauder, et al, 1990].
|Tower Paleokarst in Colorado's San Juan Mountains
While most of the paleokarst features we've described so far ( caves, sinkholes, etc.) have been toopographicall negative - where limestone has been removed, karst and paleokarst hills or "towers' exist also.
Follow this link to an article detailing a tower karst terrrain.
Karst Tower Cross from Maslyn (1977).
|A "How-To" Guide For Recognizing Paleokarst
A commonly asked question is "How do I recognize paleokarst features in the field or in published descriptions?"
Here's an article describing several different type of paleokarst with examples of each from the ancient rock record.
Copyright (c) 2001 - 08 by R. Mark Maslyn
Last Updated June 5, 2008