Abstract

Various authors have investigated trace element compositions in whole carbonate rocks as possible clues to their diagenetic history. Recently, Stehli and Hower (1961) determined the concentration of magnesium, strontium, manganese and barium in Recent carbonate sediments and environmentally comparable Pleistocene carbonate rocks showing that for each of these elements, diagensis resulted in a marked decrease in concentration. Weber (1964) reported analyses of 300 “primary” and “secondary” dolostones1 and 150 dolomites for 20 trace elements. Weber reports that rocks he classified as “primary” dolostones had greater abundances of potassium, lithium and barium whereas “secondary” dolomites were enriched in strontium.

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