The Middle Badenian rock salts in the Carpathian Foredeep - characteristics, origin and economic value

Grzegorz Czapowski

Abstract


The salt deposits are a very significant (in volume, extent and economic value) compound of the Middle Miocene (Badenian) evaporitic formation in southern Poland. They occur in the axial part of the Carpathian Foredeep and are characterized by a complicated geological structure, resulting from varied sedimentary conditions and later tectonic deformations. This paper presents the general characteristics of these deposits and some current hypotheses on their origin and reasons for such varied development. Also the main rock salt deposits, documented within the foredeep, are described, and perspectives of their future exploitation and others ways of management discussed.


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