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Volume 13, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 13, 5511–5526, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5511-2016
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Biogeosciences, 13, 5511–5526, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5511-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 05 Oct 2016

Research article | 05 Oct 2016

Linking the distribution of microbial deposits from the Great Salt Lake (Utah, USA) to tectonic and climatic processes

Anthony Bouton et al.

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The modern hypersaline Great Salt Lake shows an extended modern and ancient microbial sedimentary system. This study on aerial images and field observations discusses the non-random distribution patterns of microbial deposits along linear alignments following isobaths, polygonal geometry or straight alignments along a topographic drop-off. This particular distribution of microbial deposits brings further insights to the reconstruction of paleoenvironments and paleoclimatic changes.
The modern hypersaline Great Salt Lake shows an extended modern and ancient microbial...
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