Modern halolites (halite oolites) in the Tuz Golu, Turkey

Tekin E., Ayyildiz T., Gundogan I., Orti F.

SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY, vol.195, pp.101-112, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 195
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2006.07.012
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.101-112
  • Keywords: halite oolites (halolites), saline lake, modern sedimentation, Tuz Golu, Central Anatolia, Turkey, DEPOSITS, BASIN, OOIDS
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


Halite oolites (halolites) and pisoids (halopisoids) precipitate yearly (in summer) in the brine conduits of the saltpans in the Tuz Golu saline lake (Central Anatolia, Turkey). These hatolites are well rounded and spherical, ranging between 0.7 and 2 cm in size. They are composed of coarse-grained halite crystals as the nucleus, and by concentric halite laminae with a radial fabric as the cortex. The cortex is subdivided into inner, middle, and outer zones, each zone showing different mineralogical and morphological features. These features include the presence of. organic matter particles, native sulphur globules, gypsum-anhydrite-calcite laminae, quartz-chlorite-celestite-then-nonatrite laminae, submicroscopic halite crystals, and microborings, cavities and corrosion-like structures.