Articles | Volume 16, issue 11
Biogeosciences, 16, 2285–2305, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-2285-2019
Biogeosciences, 16, 2285–2305, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-2285-2019

Research article 04 Jun 2019

Research article | 04 Jun 2019

Subaqueous speleothems (Hells Bells) formed by the interplay of pelagic redoxcline biogeochemistry and specific hydraulic conditions in the El Zapote sinkhole, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

Simon Michael Ritter et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (18 Mar 2019) by S. Wajih A. Naqvi
AR by Simon Michael Ritter on behalf of the Authors (21 Mar 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (31 Mar 2019) by S. Wajih A. Naqvi
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Apr 2019) by S. Wajih A. Naqvi
AR by Simon Michael Ritter on behalf of the Authors (29 Apr 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 May 2019) by S. Wajih A. Naqvi
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Unique and spectacular under water speleothems termed as Hells Bells were recently reported from sinkholes (cenotes) of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. However, the mystery of their formation remained unresolved. Here, we present detailed geochemical analyses and delineate that the growth of Hells Bells results from a combination of biogeochemical processes and variable hydraulic conditions within the cenote.
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