Journal article

Geobotanical and biogeochemical reconnaissance of the ultramafics of Central Iran

SM Ghaderian, AJM Baker

JOURNAL OF GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2007

Abstract

In Iran, ultramafic rocks cover substantial areas at many locations in the country. These rocks consist predominantly of peridotite which has been serpentinized to some degree. Anarak and Nain are two ultramafic areas in Central Iran comprising about 180 and 270 km2, respectively, located in a coloured melange zone. There is little information available regarding the geobotany and biogeochemistry of these areas. They have a dry climate, with low rainfall and high temperatures in summer which encourages mostly annual and perennial herbaceous types of plants. In this paper, we report a reconnaissance study of these two ultramafic areas of Iran. Soil analysis of total elements indicates that ty..

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