Secondary calcites from Mount Hermon, Israel can be separated into two based on their carbon and oxygen composition. The first group has the usual isotopic composition of secondary calcites which are precipitated from waters having the isotopic composition of recent groundwaters in the region. The second group is characterized by high13C and low18O values, compared with the first group. Secondary calcites from the European Alps show isotopic compositions which are similar to this second group. A model of the formation of these calcites by precipitation from snowmelt waters is presented, which explains the anomalous isotopic composition of the calcite. © 1973.
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