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Igor' V. Kemkin, Raisa A. Kemkina. Depositional Environment of Cherts of the Sikhote-Alin Region (Russia Far East): Evidence from Major, Trace and Rare Earth Elements Geochemistry. Journal of Earth Science, 2015, 26(2): 259-272. doi: 10.1007/s12583-015-0531-1
Citation: Igor' V. Kemkin, Raisa A. Kemkina. Depositional Environment of Cherts of the Sikhote-Alin Region (Russia Far East): Evidence from Major, Trace and Rare Earth Elements Geochemistry. Journal of Earth Science, 2015, 26(2): 259-272. doi: 10.1007/s12583-015-0531-1

Depositional Environment of Cherts of the Sikhote-Alin Region (Russia Far East): Evidence from Major, Trace and Rare Earth Elements Geochemistry

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  • Corresponding author: Igor' V. Kemkin,
  • Received Date: 18 Oct 2014
  • Accepted Date: 15 Mar 2015
  • Publish Date: 01 Apr 2015
  • The first data of geochemical study of the Benevka Section cherty rocks belonging to the Taukha terrane of the Sikhote-Alin Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous accretionary prism,Russia Far East are presented. These data demonstrate essential distinctions of major,trace and rare earth element concentrations in different parts of the measured stratigraphic section. The lower chert horizons exhibit high Fe2O3 and MnO contents,low concentrations of Al2O3 and TiO2,relatively high V/Y ratio,and extremely low value of negative Ce anomaly. In contrast the upper horizons composed of clayey cherts and siliceous mudstones are characterized by high Al2O3,TiO2 and K2O contents,low Fe2O3 and MnO values,low V/Y ratio,and slightly negative Ce anomaly. In the middle part of the Benevka Section,in which cherts gradually changed to clayey cherts,intermediate geochemical characteristics are present. Based on these data obtained the depositional environments correspond to proximal to the spreding ridge,open-ocean and near continental margin regimes were successfully reconstructed from bottom to top of the Benevka Section,that indicate that significant horizontal movement took place of the sea-floor,on which the cherts were deposited.


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