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Mn-crust todorokite mineralization on SW backshore Cretaceous limestones from the island of Dugi Otok (Central Adriatic, Croatia)
Lugovic, B.; Segvic, B.; Segvic, T. (2008). Mn-crust todorokite mineralization on SW backshore Cretaceous limestones from the island of Dugi Otok (Central Adriatic, Croatia). Acta Adriat. 49(1): 53-63
In: Acta Adriatica. Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries: Split. ISSN 0001-5113, more
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  • Lugovic, B.
  • Segvic, B.
  • Segvic, T.

Abstract
    The southwest shore of the island of Dugi Otok is characterized by the unusual sample occurrence of Mn-hydrated oxide mineralization in the form of botryoidally and globular, fine-laminated concentric aggregates, crusting the Upper Cretaceous backshore limestones. The mineralization consists mainly of Fe impoverished 10-Å tecto-manganate todorokite (enriched in Mg and transition metals) accompanied by accessory MnO·OH. Todorokite chemical composition is typical of a hydrogenous origin in an oxic shallow marine environment. According to our model, Mn has been recurrently leached and mobilized from the Late Pleistocene sea floor sediments located around 50 nautical miles south of Dugi Otok. We propose a link between the Mn-geochemical anomaly of these sediments and the alteration of distinct, spatial close pre-Holocene tephra, dispersed over the entire recent Adriatic area.

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