Journal article

Factors controlling the hydrochemistry of Louie Creek, a travertine-depositing stream in the seasonally wet tropics of northern Australia

RN Drysdale

Marine and Freshwater Research | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2001


Relationships among wet-season recharge, hydrochemistry and the distribution of travertines at Louie Creek were investigated from water samples collected during four campaigns between April 1993 and November 1997. pH, temperature and major cation and anion data reveal that the springs feeding the creek rise with high concentrations of CO and dissolved calcium carbonate. The pattern of downstream changes in hydrochemistry was similar during each campaign: rapid outgassing of CO over the ∼1.3 km of surface flow increases calcite saturation, triggering extensive travertine deposition over ∼1.5 km. At low discharge, the creek sinks then reemerges at the downstream limit of travertine depositio..

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