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Vestfold salts database, analyses and photographs
Entry ID: Vestfold_salts

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Abstract: A regional chemical boundary termed the 'salt line', in the Vestfold Hills of East Antarctica, was investigated using X-ray diffraction and electron probe analyses of surficial salts, and conductivity of surficial sediments. West of the salt line, halite and thenardite are abundant. These salts are derived from dispersal of marine aerosols, saturation of sediment by seawater during postglacial ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -68.0   S: -69.0   E: 78.0   W: 77.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1989-01-01
Stop Date: 1993-03-01
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Quality 1. surficial sediments are a complete data set of the Vestfold Hills at 1 km grid spacing.
2. salts were collected where found. The sample spacing is therefore irregular and may need updating in the future. Also, some areas (e.g. rookeries) were avoided and sample collection in those areas may be fruitful.
3. XRD analysis at The ... View entire text
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Data are also published in Gore et al. (2000) An atlas of the surficial salts of the Vestfold Hills ... ANARE Report 143 (available free as a 50+Mb pdf file from the Antarctic Division server).
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1. Gore, D.B., Creagh, D.C., Burgess, J.S., Colhoun, E.A., Spate, A.P. and Baird, A.S. 1996. Composition, distribution and origin of surficial salts in the Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 8(1), 73-84.

2. Gore, D.B., Nichols, G.T., Lehmann, C.E.R., Burgess, J.S., Baird, A.S. and Creagh, D.C. 2000. An atlas of surficial salts of the Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica: composition, distribution and origin. ANARE Research Notes 143, 146 pp. (freely available as a 50+Mb pdf file from the Antarctic Division's server).
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-10-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24
Future DIF Review Date: 2001-10-07