(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Genesis and evolution of the caves in the Naica Mine (Chihuahua, Mexico)

published at : Pure and applied karst geomorphology

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FORTI P. (1) ;
(1) La Venta Exploring Team & Italian Inst. of Speleology, Bologna, ITALIE


In this paper, after a short geologic outline of the Naica area, the mechanisms responsible for the genesis and the evolutionary steps of the Naica cave are discussed in detail mainly on the basis of the chemical deposits hosted inside the cavities. The anthropogenic processes induced by the mine depression cone had relevant consequences on the cave development giving rise to the evolution of several new diagenetic minerals, but also greatly enhancing the condensation corrosion and dissolution processes which, in a few years, will be responsible not only for the damage of the giant gypsum crystals but also for their complete destruction. For this reason one of the main tasks for the scientists is to search for the best way to preserve this underground world


Thematical fascicle

published at : Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie / ISSN 0372-8854 / CODEN ZGMPAG

Editor : Gebruder Borntraeger, Stuttgart - ALLEMAGNE (1925)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 54, no 2 [pp. 115-135]

Bibliographic references : 27 ref.

Collation : fig., tabl.




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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1127/0372-8854/2010/0054S2-0007

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