Algae: An important agent in deposition of karstic travertines: Observations on natural-bridge Yerkopru travertines, Aladaglar, Eastern Taurids, Turkey

Bayari C., Kurttas T.

5th International Symposium and Field Seminar on Karst Waters and Environmental Impacts, Antalya, Turkey, 10 - 20 September 1995, pp.269-280 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.269-280
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Travertines are terrestrial, fresh water carbonate deposits formed by karstic springs and associated streams which are supersaturated with respect to calcite. Field observations from recently travertine depositing karstic springs in the Aladaglar, Eastern Taurids - Turkey indicate that the deposition process is accelerated considerably by the physical and biochemical contribution of algae which mostly belong to classes of Cyanophyceae (blue-green algae), Chlorophyceae (green algae), Bacillariophyceae (diatoms), Euglenophyceae and Xantophyceae.