Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Sedimentary Huntite Deposits in the Egirdir-Hoyran Lake Basin of Southern Turkey

Kuscu M., CENGİZ O., Kahya A.

JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF INDIA, vol.91, no.4, pp.496-504, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The sediment-hosted huntite-magnesite deposits are located in the Egirdir-Hoyran lake basin in the Isparta Angle (southern Turkey). The deposits occur at two different localities in the region: (1) Kemersirti huntite deposit, (2) Koytepe huntite-magnesite deposit. The huntite-magnesite occurrences are found in shallow lacustrine rocks of the Miocene-Pliocene Kizilcik Formation and formed as a result of Neogene tectonic activity. Based on X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopic studies, the mineral assemblage of huntite deposits contains mostly huntite, less magnesite, dolomite, very little calcite, illite, simectite, brucite, and quartz in the Kemersirti area but contain huntite, magnesite, dolomite, and calcite in the Koytepe area.